Monin Cucumber Syrup
Monin Cucumber Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
Theres a reason that the saying cool as a cucumber is so well-known cucumbers have an international reputation for being deliciously refreshing. Although they are usually found in the vegetable aisle, they are technical fruit and some of the sweeter varieties could certainly be eaten as a fruit. With the encouragement to add more fruit and veg to our diets, cucumbers are being used to flavour water, as a snack and in a variety of salads and other dishes, but to get a refreshingly tasty hit of cucumber flavour, cucumber syrup is a perfect addition to any dish.
The history of cucumbers
The cucumber has been grown in China, Nepal and India for thousands of years and several different varieties can be still be found throughout the world. Cucumbers have been cultivated for at least 3,000 years and it is thought that the Greeks or Romans took them to other parts of Europe, although there are some historians that believe Marco Polo was responsible for their spread. By the 9th century, cucumbers were being grown in France, they appeared in England in the 14th century and by the 16th century, they were being grown throughout North America.
The Roman philosopher and author, Pliny the Elder, described the way the Ancient Greeks grew cucumbers and he also reported on some of the varieties available in Africa and Italy.
Cucumbers around the world
So popular is the deliciously fresh flavour of cucumbers that they are grown all around the world and different cultures prefer different varieties which then proliferate throughout the cucumber market for everyone to enjoy.
In Russia, pickled cucumbers are hugely popular and they are not averse to eating the more prickly varieties, whereas in China and Japan, they often use prickly cucumbers in stir fries. Sunomono is a Japanese cucumber salad which combines sugar, salt, vinegar and ginger to make a firm favourite which is often served alongside curries.
In Mexico, paletas are ice pops which can be made with cucumber and ginger with cucumber syrup for a lolly with a difference. Cucumber granita is another popular favourite which combines the refreshing flavour of cucumber with lime and green tea to make a truly tasty treat.
Cucumber fans will love cucumber sponge: a bright green cake which is flavoured with mint and is the perfect accompaniment to a gin and tonic on a summer evening.
Although cucumbers originally came from the Indian subcontinent, the domestic trade in cucumbers in India is minimal, so most of the cucumbers grown there are exported. China, on the other hand, has been the leading producer of cucumbers and gherkins for several years dominating the markets with Turkey and Iran trailing by millions of tons in second and third place.
Size might not be everything, but there are strong cultural preferences for different sizes of cucumber from one country to the next. Turkey is the leading producer of the smaller, snack-sized cucumber and they prefer the paler varieties, whereas in Poland the leading variety is a mid-sized one. In the UK, we tend to see larger varieties of cucumber in the shops, but we are almost unique in also offering cucumber portions, a tradition which harks back to a time when cucumber cultivation was an expensive business. The worlds largest cucumber was grown in Malvern, Worcestershire and weighed an incredible 12.9kg. The large leaves on the cucumber plant protect the growing fruit by providing shade as they develop.
The cucamelon is known in Mexico as sanditas de raton which translates as little mouse melon and their tiny size is one of the reasons that this variety is fast-becoming a global favourite. The olive-sized fruits have skin which makes them look like watermelons and they taste like a melon-tinged cucumber with a zesty citrus kick.
Cucumbers have a remarkably versatile flavour and this is evidenced by the sheer number of recipes featuring cucumbers from around the world. This simple recipe is an easy but delicious canape perfect for any summer event or just a snack with a bit of a difference.