Lebanese cucumber is a variety of cucumber that is sweet. The skin of Lebanese cucumber is very thin and has a dark green color, while its flesh has a crispy texture and a pale color. Lebanese cucumber contains seeds that are so tiny that they are nearly considered seedless.
Lebanese cucumber contains a lot of moisture. Hence they are a good refreshing fruit to have. Due to having a lot of moisture, Lebanese cucumbers can spoil easily if not stored properly. The best place to store them is on the counter at room temperature. The shelf life of Lebanese cucumbers depends on how and where they are stored.
How to store Lebanese cucumber?
Because of being a watery fruit, it is tricky to store cucumber to last for more than a week as they can go bad very easily. The shelf life of Lebanese cucumbers depends upon the place and the way they are stored. Following are a few options that you can use for storing Lebanese cucumber.
In the pantry
Storing the Lebanese cucumber on the counter at room temperature is the best place to store them for a long. For preventing them from spoilage, you have to make sure that the Lebanese cucumbers are dry before storing them. So you do not have to wash them before placing them in the pantry, or if washed, you have to ensure that you dry their surface using a paper towel.
You also have to make sure that you store the Lebanese cucumber at a cool and dry place in the pantry, and there should not be any ripening fruit near it as ethylene gas released from a ripening fruit make the Lebanese cucumber rot faster.
In the refrigerator
Although it is not the best option to store the Lebanese cucumber in a refrigerator, you can store them to get a cold and refreshing fruit. According to research, Lebanese cucumber is sensitive to a temperature lower than 10c below this temperature; it is more prone to wateriness and easy decay.
Storing the Lebanese cucumber in the refrigerator can make them watery and pity, and you no longer like to eat such a fruit. But, if you still want to place them in the fridge, make sure that the cucumber and the place they are to be stored in the fridge are dry. Before storing them in the refrigerator, cover the Lebanese cucumber in a paper towel or place it in a plastic bag.
Can you freeze Lebanese cucumber?
Freezing the Lebanese cucumber is not recommended as it has a lot of moisture content in it. The water content in a Lebanese cucumber will freeze in the freezer, and it will give a mushy and spongy texture after thawing. Thawed Lebanese cucumber will also have a mild taste.
Although freezing Lebanese cucumber is not recommended yet, you can freeze them but with proper preparation. You have to place them in an air-tight plastic bag and then store them in the freezer. Frozen Lebanese cucumber is used in pickles and to make cucumber smoothies.
How long does Lebanese cucumber last?
The shelf life of a Lebanese cucumber depends on how and where it is stored. A fresh Lebanese cucumber stored in a dry place in the pantry at room temperature can last up to 10 days to 2 weeks. Lebanese cucumber stored in a refrigerator will only last for a week as the low temperature can make the cucumber spongy. While if the cucumber is frozen, which is normally not recommended, you can use it for a few months.
There are a few factors that can shorten the shelf life of a Lebanese cucumber than mentioned earlier. Firstly, if Lebanese cucumber is stored wet or the place they are stored at is not dry, it will make their rotting process faster. Secondly, if you mistakenly store them near ripening fruit, Lebanese cucumber will spoil. Ripening fruits release ethylene gas that will make the cucumber decay faster.
How to tell if Lebanese cucumber is bad?
A whole unpeeled Lebanese cucumber can last longer because of its protective skin than the peeled one. Following are some other methods through which you can tell if your Lebanese cucumber has gone bad.
- You can tell if the Lebanese cucumber has rotten or not by looking at its appearance, by touching, tasting, or smelling it.
- If a mold appears on the cucumber, it is a sure sign that the cucumber has gone bad.
- If wrinkles start to appear on it or if you start noticing any discoloration on it, it is a sign of decay.
- You can also tell if the Lebanese cucumber is still fresh or not by touching it. If touching the cucumber will give a slimy touch, you know that it is time to discard it.
- Decayed Lebanese cucumber will also give a rotten bad smell and will be sour. All of these signs will show that it is time to get rid of the Lebanese cucumber.