Voices From Russia, Too

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

VOR Presents… Our Hero… The Cucumber!

It was Cucumber Day in Suzdal. For some time now, this ancient Russian city greets the lovers and connoisseurs of this seemingly-lowly vegetable. Large and small, green and yellow, salted and pickled, the cucumber has gathered around itself a crowd of admirers. Agronomists, dacha gardeners, and farming specialists showed off the best specimens of their cucumber crop.

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On Cucumber Day, Suzdal undergoes a transformation. folk ensembles come to perform at holiday concerts throughout the city.

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Cucumbers are on display everywhere… you can take a picture posing as a cucumber, buy souvenirs, you can learn and share recipes, or you could just try new varieties of this vegetable.

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Tasting of salted cucumber tasting at the Suzdal festival.

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Tasting different kinds of cukes is one of the most enjoyable things that you can do at the fest.

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There are all sorts of competitions at the fair, amongst which is pillow fights.

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Of course, the judges choose the champion cukes of the festival… the longest and the most twisted vegetables receive prizes.

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There’s even a Cucumber Pageant…

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A vegetable sculpture made from cucumbers.

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Cukes appeared in Russia about seven centuries ago… now, that was a good thing!

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17 July 2011

Voice of Russia World Service

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/53343980/53343991/index.html

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