Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) plant is the member of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae and has been cultivated since the 9th century. It originated in India and today is widely cultivated, with current largest cucumber producing countries such as China, Iran, Turkey, Russia and US. The total amount of cucumber production in the world is nearly 58 million tons of which 40 million tons is produced in China.
Cucumber is a creeping vine that bears fruits rich in water (95% of fruit) and nutrients. The top phytonutrient are cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids, so cucumber fruit has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Cucurbitacins are found in plants leaves, stems and roots.
The wild cucumber was extremely bitter because cucurbitacins were defense system against herbivores due to its cytotoxic and poisonous properties. Cucurbitacins are defined by nine genes which are directly regulated by two master regulators, BI (bitter leaf) and Bt, located in leaves and fruits respectively.
In commercial growing of cucumbers, accumulation of cucurbitacin in fruits can be induced by environmental stress during growth, such as an extended period of heat, extreme temperature fluctuations, drought and uneven watering. Stress causes translocation of nutrients from vegetative parts of the plant to the fruit thus making fruits become bitter.
Fruit bitterness can be reduced by minimizing environmental stress during the growing season and by planting varieties that have very low levels of cucurbitacins. Here is the short guide which can help farmers to prevent cucumber bitterness:
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