Why are my cucumbers shrink wrapped?
A number of enquiries are received about the use of shrink wrap on cucumbers – so why do we do it?
1. Prevents dehydration and physical damage to the cucumber in transit from the grower to
2. Prevents dirty hands touching the cucumber – strict hygiene regulations are in place during production but what about the person in the store that handled the cucumber just before you picked it up?
3 . Helps prevent cold injury – see “why do my cucumbers go rotten in the fridge” elsewhere on
4. Reduces moisture losses from the fruit in the fridge – the main reasons for deterioration are cold injury and
The start and end photographs show the same cucumbers on day one and then again 11 days later after being stored
together in a domestic fridge salad tray. The moisture loss and subsequent quality losses are obvious compared to
the shrink wrapped cucumber.
Keep the wrapping on the cucumber until you have finished with it then place the plastic in the recycling.
DAY 1 – STARTING CONDITION DAY 11 – NAKED FRUIT RUINED
WRAPPED FRUIT STILL OK