Cucumber Wedges with Oregano

As simple as it’s named, snacking on pure cucumbers can be a refreshing quick treat in itself. Add a dash of black pepper, salt, and dried oregano, and you’ll have a zesty boost as well.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small, pickling-sized cucumber (i.e. 4-6 inches), rinsed (I suggest Persian cucumbers like the one featured here, as larger cucumbers with thicker skins tend to be a little tougher to digest without peeling first.)
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • Dash of salt and pepper to taste

Prep time: 5 minutes
Yields: 1 serving

Preparation:

Slice cucumber lengthwise in half, and with the open sides facing up, sprinkle with seasonings. That’s it! Wrap it in a napkin if you wish, and then GO ENJOY!

Yasmine’s Notes:

Full disclosure: I almost didn’t include this as a recipe, if purely because this is practically just the vegetable itself. And who needs a recipe for that?

…But then I remembered that unlike some of my family members, for instance— i.e. who’ve come from a region where snacking on whole Persian cucumbers is common, those who come from regions where English and American cucumbers are most commonly eaten, for example, are likely not accustomed to just grabbing a whole cucumber and munching on it. After all, English and American cucumbers are larger and thicker-skinned, with rinds WAY too tough to just bite into whole! So it is that not everyone does think to eat a whole, unpeeled cucumber as a snack, let alone with seasoning.

That is… unless it’s brine-steeped into a pickle first??? So many idiosyncrasies indeed. So am I learning that, if perhaps sometimes at the cost of bordering on “obviousness,” my greater cause is sound— to share and normalize the greater versatile nature of snacking on vegetables overall, the more and more we share with each other.

Case in point: there are over 100 known kinds of cucumbers in the world, each with their own identities, flavor-profiles, and culinary uses. (Here’s a link to just SOME of them!!)

What kinds of cucumbers or other snacking veggies do you commonly eat? Let me know in the comments below!


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