Lebanese cucumbers (Khyar)

February 28, 2012  •  Category:


These cucumbers are very crunchy and have almost no seeds; they have been available this entire winter as well as during the summer. 

Serving cucumbers  as a snack is common here along with roasted pistachios. 


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  1. Fiona Silk says:

    Wow, and apparently loads of packets of cigarettes!

    I love how they still have the flowers attached though – very cool.

    • Joumana says:

      @Unfortunately, a lot of people smoke cigarettes in Lebanon; this photo was taken in my cousin’s home. Personally I don’t smoke and can’t stand the smoke inside a house!

      @Chris: You are totally right! Lebanese folks would want to include and make everyone in their home feel comfortable including smokers!

  2. Kathy says:

    These cucumbers look delicious…wish I could buy them here in the states!

  3. sare says:

    I love them, especially at breakfast.
    We make cacık with them. Cacık make with tiny cut cucumber and yoğurt.
    You can add garlic and dried mint.

  4. Caffettiera says:

    I wish I could find them here – they look so firm and crunchy. I’ve seen this type sometimes in ethnic shops, but never this fresh.

  5. Chris says:

    In spite of the negative smoking connotation, that bowl of cigarette packs is yet another display of the extent of Lebanese hospitality. Make EVERYONE feel welcome and catered to. That’s how it was in my home.

  6. Sarah Galvin (All Our Fingers in the Pie) says:

    So healthy! I can hardly wait for cucumbers to be in season for us.

  7. Nuts about food says:

    Are these like Persian cucumbers? I love them! Seeing that bowl full of sigarettes for guests on the coffee table reminds me of my childhood. You don’t see that very much anymore in American or European households.

  8. Lara says:

    Hi Joumana I love your blog and I have just discovered it.. I am jordanian,, and love your cooking and your preservation of lebanese culture and cuisine.

  9. Alaiyo Kiasi says:

    How did I miss this post! The cucumbers are gorgeous, and I love that they are set out as snacks.

  10. diane says:

    I am trying to locate seeds to grow these cucumbers in the US. They are so delicious, but I am having trouble identifying the type or name of the specific cucumber. Any help would be appreciated.

  11. Lynne says:

    I love these cucumbers, Joumani! We are celebrating our family Thanksgiving tomorrow (Friday) to make traveling easier on my daughter & son-in-law (to make the yearly trek between in-laws easier with my now one year old granddaughter). I bought a huge amount to serve tomorrow – crunching on these are a great alternative to the rest of the heavy meal.

    Was looking through your archives for recipes, but these are so good, they taste great on their own. I think I’ll just serve them plain, cut in four long sections. Delish!

  12. Brpok says:

    I am looking for Mita. (Sp?) My Sitti grew them. Cannot find them anywhere! Only the darker Lebanese cucumbers. Please help!

  13. Samer Adra says:

    Are they the same as Armenian cucumbers, just picked when smaller than usual?

  14. joumana says:

    yes exactly the same

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