Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

kitasmommie(7)July 16, 2010

What causes this?

My neighbor has an abundance of cucumbers this year & has been overwhelming me daily.

I wash them well & I know he doesn't use any chemicals or pesticides, but some (not all) have this awful metallic taste.

doesn't seem to help any when I peel them.

Now, I'm tasting them first & end up throwing about half of them away due to this metal taste.

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Do both ends of the fruit taste the same?

    Bookmark   July 17, 2010 at 11:05AM
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Honestly haven't checked to see if it's both ends - but the first time I noticed it was when I had sliced one & ate a slice from the middle.....

    Bookmark   July 17, 2010 at 11:40AM
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yes - both ends......the whole thing

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 12:51PM
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Have you talked to your neighbor about this? I've had very bitter cucumbers before due to hot dry conditions but nothing like what you described.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2010 at 10:16PM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

I googled it, just to see what came up. One source said it was due to lack of moisture in the fruit and could be eliminated with proper watering. I saw multiple reports of this phenomenon in the search results, but low moisture was the only explanation I saw.

Here is a link that might be useful: by Charles Phillips, Ag Extension Agent, Columbia County GA

    Bookmark   July 19, 2010 at 12:03AM
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