There are a handful of cucumber varieties to choose form, but two of the tastiest varieties are the Persian cucumber and the English cucumber. Both varieties have a thin skin, are nearly seedless and delicious when enjoyed raw. Here’s what you need to know about Persian cucumbers. 

What is a Persian Cucumber?

Persian cucumbers, which can often be found labeled as “mini cucumbers” are much shorter in length than an English cucumber. About 6 inches in length, they have a very thin skin and are nearly seedless. What makes them so delicious is that they have a very fresh slightly sweet flavor and are incredibly crunchy in texture. They are often sold in packs of 5 or 6 in a tray wrapped with plastic.

four Persian cucumbers in a stone counter

What’s The Difference Between Persian Cucumbers and English Cucumbers?

English cucumbers on the other hand are much longer than Persian cucumbers. They’re usually at least a foot long and are sold individually tightly wrapped in plastic. English cucumbers also have a thin skin and are nearly seedless but they tend to be a bit more watery, mild in flavor and not as crunchy as mini cucumbers. They’re a much tastier alternative to regular pole cucumbers, but not as flavorful as Persian cucumbers. 

Persian Cucumber vs Mini Cucumber

Melissa’s Produce sells Persian cucumbers labeled as mini cucumbers. So when you see a package of “mini cucumbers” they are Persian cucumbers. 

However, there’s an emergence of even tinier cucumbers labeled “Qukes™” or “CuteCumber Poppers” which are tiny cocktail cucumbers perfect for snacking and dipping. These are harder to find, but delicious nonetheless. 

salad greens and cherry tomatoes mixed together
Butter Lettuce Salad, photo by Lauren grant

Where to Buy

It’s becoming increasingly easier to find Persian cucumbers in most major grocery stores. Trader Joe’s is known for stocking them regularly but you can also find them at Whole Foods, Hy-Vee, Aldi and Walmart. 

How to Eat

Persian cukes are great served in any raw application—as a dipper for dressings and hummus, sliced thin and tossed in a salad, cut into large chunks and tossed with peaches for a simple salad, and much more. 

We also like to cut them into chunks and toss them with hot gochujang noodles—their texture softens slightly while still adding a nice fresh crunch. 

And finally, they are great for quick pickled and serving on sandwiches, burgers, and with our Turkish Eggs.

How to Store

We recommend storing Persian cucumbers in the package they came in stored in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Stored this way, they should last at least 1 week. 

We do not recommend freezing any type of cucumber. 

fried eggs placed over yogurt mixture in a matte green bowl topped with a cucumber and herb salad, chili oil and toast
Turkish Eggs, photo by Megan McKeehan

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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