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Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« on: 10 October, 2011, 07:25:56 PM »
What would make cucumber taste fishy? I had long believed that it may have been due to something like a fish based fertilizer, however, I have noticed recently that what can start off as a lovely sweet tasting cucumber can begin to taste fishy after a few days. In all other respects the cucumbers appear fresh and firm.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #1 on: 10 October, 2011, 08:01:05 PM »
Are you sure they are not sea Cucumbers?
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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #2 on: 10 October, 2011, 08:36:21 PM »
Are you sure they are not sea Cucumbers?
Definitely not Ant because then they would taste salty!!!

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #3 on: 10 October, 2011, 08:42:10 PM »
Are you sure they are not sea Cucumbers?
Definitely not Ant because then they would taste salty!!!
oh! well that puts me in my plaice i suppose.
Could it be salmon ella d'you suppose?
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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #4 on: 10 October, 2011, 08:48:34 PM »
Are you sure they are not sea Cucumbers?
Definitely not Ant because then they would taste salty!!!
oh! well that puts me in my plaice i suppose.
Could it be salmon ella d'you suppose?
You've given me an idea Ant - I don't think it was old Salmon Ella but maybe her friend Ruby Murray will know.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #5 on: 12 October, 2011, 08:34:03 AM »
Cucumbers are mainly made up of water. So if you are keeping it in the fridge and you have some fish or fish based product in there the cross contamination can occur to it. One used to be able to get a fridge freshener (do not know if you can get them now though) which neaturlised the various smells.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #6 on: 12 October, 2011, 09:26:09 AM »
Ive never noticed that cucumber tastes fishy and I found the idea of it so unusual that I've asked all my friends if they have had the same experience.
None of them have and I can't find anything on the web from anyone asking the same question.
I wondered if it might be some kind of reaction of your tastebuds to cucumber, but if they start off by tasting nice then it probably isn't.
As you know, I'm a connoiseur of cucumbers, I get given about three home grown ones every week and have never experienced them tasting fishy.
If the one I gave you also tasted fishy then it has to be caused by something stored in the fridge with the cucumber or maybe touching it after you've been making one of your famous fish pies. Did you use it to stir the mixture?
Perhaps it would be cheaper for you to make your fish pies with cucumber instead of fish as they taste of it?

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #7 on: 12 October, 2011, 09:30:03 AM »
Perhaps it would be cheaper for you to make your fish pies with cucumber instead of fish as they taste of it?
Mmmmmmmm! Deep fried battered cucumber - now there's a thought. Probably taste better than what they dish up at the local chippy!!
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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #8 on: 12 October, 2011, 04:17:22 PM »
Thanks everybody for your mixture of witty and serious reponses - I do love the variety of response we sometimes get here.
To Mrs Too - next time the cucumber tastes 'fishy' I'll dash over to your place with it or you and Mr Too can pop round to mine for a tasting session. I'll lay on some nice fish and chips from our local excellent chippy as a control.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #9 on: 12 October, 2011, 07:27:10 PM »
Thanks everybody for your mixture of witty and serious reponses - I do love the variety of response we sometimes get here.
To Mrs Too - next time the cucumber tastes 'fishy' I'll dash over to your place with it or you and Mr Too can pop round to mine for a tasting session. I'll lay on some nice fish and chips from our local excellent chippy as a control.

No thanks - I don't like the idea of cucumber tasting fishy - especially as I don't know why it does!!
I'll just take your word for it.
I suggest that next time you have a cucumber that you keep it wrapped up in cling film in the fridge so that it shouldn't absorb anything from other foods, or eat it all in one go.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #10 on: 20 November, 2011, 09:11:00 PM »
i also experience cucumber fishy taste, a lot! so does my wife. funny is that organic, expensive cucumbers tend to taste less fishy. i just bought a ‘regular‘ cucumber from tesco, awful. might just as well have eaten some caviar salad. or prawn cocktail. (would have been nice if that‘s what i expect to taste...)

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #11 on: 20 November, 2011, 09:50:30 PM »
Thanks for this arne - I was beginning to think that it was only me and she who must be obeyed that have experienced this taste. I'm still not closer to finding out why they taste fishy/odd.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #12 on: 20 November, 2011, 10:11:55 PM »
Thanks for this arne - I was beginning to think that it was only me and she who must be obeyed that have experienced this taste. I'm still not closer to finding out why they taste fishy/odd.

For once I'm serious - no really - maybe they fertilize the cucumber plants with fish and bone meal?
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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #13 on: 21 November, 2011, 06:57:44 AM »
I believe you Ant, don't worry.
Yes, it was a thought that had crossed my mind but have been unable to find a reference to this effect - but that doesn't mean it isn't a distinct possibility. I am sure that years ago I read that fish meal fertiliser can impart a fishy taste to tomatoes.

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Re: Cucumber tasting 'fishy'.
« Reply #14 on: 21 November, 2011, 08:00:40 AM »
I believe you Ant, don't worry.
Yes, it was a thought that had crossed my mind but have been unable to find a reference to this effect - but that doesn't mean it isn't a distinct possibility. I am sure that years ago I read that fish meal fertiliser can impart a fishy taste to tomatoes.

"Cultivating Cucumbers:
 
Once cucumbers start growing they must have a constant supply of soil moisture. If it is lacking, the plants stop growth in a "holding position" until there is more soil moisture. It is therefore important to grow cucumbers near a water supply. Keep weeds down with shallow cultivation or by growing the vines on black plastic mulch. Or mulch rows heavily with straw, salt hay, grass clippings, or partially rotted compost. When the plants are about 4 inches high, add a high-nitrogen fertilizer such as blood meal or cottonseed meal, or water the plants with fish emulsion. Avoid stepping on vines as they develop."
http://www.veggieharvest.com/Vegetable-Growing-Information/Cucumber-Growing-and-Harvest-Information/

I wonder??
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