Thursday, July 22, 2010

Burpless Cucumbers

This year, I planted three types of cucumbers - a Japanese variety called Satsuki , a slicing cucumber, and bush cucumber called Fanfare. As I was selecting seeds, the slicing cucumbers were highlighted as "Burpless". Evidently some people are adversely affected by cucumbers.

I've never had a problem with cucumbers, so I was curious. Is there such a thing a burp causing cucumber?

Inquiring minds want a clinical trial.

One was done by NC State University.

Cucumbers were divided into burpful and burpless.

Test subjects were divided into burp prone and burp resistant.

The outcome?

Asian trellis cucumbers do reduce burping in burp prone eaters.

Thus, burpless is really a marketing term for Asian trellis cucumbers and a small number of people will notice the difference.

Now you know!
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