Belch No More With Burpless Cucumbers

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You’ve probably noticed that cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) sometimes make you burp. This is due to the presence of cucurbitacin in the fruit, one of the bitterest substances known to humans. Cucurbitacin is present in wild cucumbers where it serves to protect the plant against predation, but at a reduced rate in cultivated cucumbers. However, in most garden-grown cucumbers, the amount of cucurbitacin will increase when the plant is suffering from heat and drought, giving the fruit a bitter and unpleasant taste … and also causing belching in sensitive individuals.

To help avoid this problem, always mulch the base of the plant to keep its roots cooler and be sure to water it so it never suffers from drought. Or you can plant burpless cucumbers. They have a genetic mutation that reduces or eliminates cucurbitacin in the fruit, making them less likely to cause belching, although the leaves still produce it.

Some entire classes of cucumber are burpless. English, Japanese, Lebanese and Persian cucumbers are all easily digested, as are Armenian cucumbers, also called yard-long cucumbers, which are actually a different species (C. melo flexuosus). However, there are plenty of good ol’ garden-variety slicing cucumbers that won’t make you burp … if you grow them with care.

You Choose!

‘Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid’ is a typical burpless cucumber. Photo: http://www.gardensalive.com

In this season when it’s time to buy vegetable seeds for the summer garden, here are some burpless varieties to look for.

‘Beit Alpha’
‘Big Burpless’
‘Burpless Beauty’
‘Burpless Bush’
‘Burpless Hybrid’
‘Burpless No. 26’ or  ‘Burpless #26’
‘Burpless Tasty Green’
‘Chelsea Prize’
‘Chinese Snake’
‘Cool Breeze’
‘County Fair’
‘Early Spring Burpless’
‘English Telegraph’
‘Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid’
‘Green Knight’
‘Manny’
‘Marketmore 80’
‘Muncher’
‘Orient Express’
‘Palace King’
‘Perseus’
‘Spring Burpless’
‘Suyo Long’
‘Sweet Burpless’
‘Sweet Slice’
‘Sweet Success’
‘Sweeter Yet’
‘Summer Dance’
‘Tanja’
‘Tasty Green’
‘Tendergreen’ (‘Tendergreen Burpless’)
‘Thunder’
‘Wautoma’

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Easy Eating with Burpless Cucumbers

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20150302You’ve probably noticed that cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) sometimes make you burp. This is due to the presence of cucurbitacin in the fruit, one of the bitterest substance known to humans. Cucurbitacin is present in wild cucumbers where it serves to protect the plant against predation, but at a reduced rate in cultivated cucumbers. However, in most garden-grown cucumbers, the amount of cucurbitacin will increase when the plant is suffering from heat and drought, giving the fruit a bitter and unpleasant taste… and also causing belching in sensitive individuals.

To help avoid this problem, always mulch the base of the plant to keep its roots cooler and be sure to water it so it never suffers from drought. Or you can plant bitterfree cucumbers, also known as burpless cucumbers. They have a genetic mutation that reduces or eliminates cucurbitacin in the fruit, although the leaves still produce it.

In this season when it’s time to buy vegetable seeds for the summer garden, here are some burpless varieties to look for.

‘Beit Alpha’
‘Big Burpless’
‘Burpless Beauty’
‘Burpless Bush’
‘Burpless Tasty Green’
‘English Telegraph’
‘Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid’
‘Green Knight
‘Marketmore 80’
‘Muncher’
‘Orient Express’
‘Palace King’
‘Perseus’
‘Suyo Long’
‘Sweet Burpless’
‘Sweet Slice’
‘Sweet Success’
‘Sweeter Yet’
‘Summer Dance’
‘Tanja’
‘Tasty Green’
‘Tendergreen’ (‘Tendergreen Burpless’)

Easy Eating with Burpless Cucumbers

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You’ve probably noticed that cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) sometimes make you burp. This is due to the presence of cucurbitacin in the fruit, a bitter substance produced naturally by cucumbers and other cucurbits as a protection against insects and other pests (it would appear it causes distress in bugs too!). But cucumbers can be easy to digest or not so easy to digest, depending on their growing conditions. During periods of heat and drought, the amount of cucurbitacin increases in the fruit, leaving a bitter and unpleasant taste… and causes belching in sensitive individuals. To help avoid this problem, mulch the base of the plant (this will keep it cooler) and make sure to water it before it suffers from drought. This should give you cucumbers that are reasonably easy to digest.

Or plant bitterfree cucumbers. Also known as burpless cucumbers, these are cultivars in which cucurbitacin is naturally reduced or absent. Since this is the season for buying cucumber seeds – and since it will soon be time to sow them – here is a list burpless cucumbers to look for.

‘Beit Alpha’
‘Big Burpless’
‘Burpless Beauty’
‘Burpless Bush’
‘Burpless Tasty Green’
‘English Telegraph’
‘Garden Sweet Burpless Hybrid’
‘Green Knight
‘Marketmore 80’
‘Muncher’
‘Orient Express’
‘Palace King’
‘Perseus’
‘Suyo Long’
‘Sweet Burpless’
‘Sweet Slice’
‘Sweet Success’
‘Sweeter Yet’
‘Summer Dance’
‘Tanja’
‘Tasty Green’
‘Tendergreen’ (‘Tendergreen Burpless’)