As its name implies, this type of cucumber originated in Persia (Iran). Nowadays Persian cucumbers are being cultivated all over the world. Persian cucumbers’ shape is cylindrical and squat and its skin is thin and easy to chew. They’re denser than other varieties, with almost no watery seeds.
The average length of Persian cucumbers is around 4 to 6 inches. Persian cucumbers have a smooth outer skin which is dark green and the cucumbers themselves are crunchy and sweet.
Because of their smooth skin, Persian cucumbers can be eaten with or without the skin and the flavor remains the same. Persian cucumbers are part of the “burpless” category.
Because cucumber seeds occasionally cause people to burp but Persian cucumbers are seedless so they are called “burpless” cucumber. Burpless cucumbers are usually sweeter and have a thinner skin than other types of cucumber. They are considered to be easy to digest and to have a pleasant taste. Persian cucumbers are also considered less bitter than other types.
There are several different cultivars of Persian cucumbers, both heirloom and hybrid, including Figaro and Cordito.