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Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

Posted by kitasmommie 7 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 16, 10 at 15:16

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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RE: Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

Do both ends of the fruit taste the same?

RE: Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

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.....

RE: Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

yes - both ends......the whole thing

RE: Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

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.

RE: Metallic Tasting Cucumbers

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 19, 10 at 0:03

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

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