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    Recipe for Braised Cucumbers

    by Pliny, Naturalis historiae, book 20, chapter 6

    Original recipe: Coctos deraso cortice ex oleo et aceto ac melle iucundiores esse certum est.

    Translation: Truly, cucumber, peeled and cooked with oil, vinegar and honey is most enjoyable.


    • 1 large
      cucumberCucumis melo var. chate that is still known as the ‘Italian cucumber’.
    • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
    • 3 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 tbsp clear honey
    • Sea salt (optional)


    • Peel and cut the cucumber into thick slices.
    • Pour the white wine vinegar, olive oil and honey into a pan and cook the slices of cucumber gently in the sauce until they are tender, shaking the pan occasionally
    • Serve hot as a side dish.
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