Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cucumber Turkey Rolls

Cucumber Roll Ups__No Sugarless Gum

I got this idea from when I recently edited the Vancouver episode for Bizarre Foods and we did a story with Hidekazu Tojo at his eponymous restaurant.  Not only is he a sushi master but he is the man who invented the California roll!

Watching some of the extra footage, I saw him employ a technique where he cuts a cucumber lengthwise in a spiral and then unrolls it like a scroll.  What an excellent way to make a wrap for those of us with Fructose Malabsorption and who are following the autoimmune protocol diet as well!

Why I thought I could pull off this technique on my first try I have no idea.  Tojo has been doing it for over 40 years!  My scroll came out quite mangled.

Thankfully I thought of another way.  It’s not as neat, but still effective and would work really well to serve as appetizers at a party.

The secret ingredient is the lacto-fermented carrots.  They really do make all the difference!


  • 1 large cucumber or 4 smaller pickling cucumbers
  • 1/3 lb deli turkey with acceptable ingredients
  • a few lacto-fermented thin carrot sticks


Wash cucumber(s).Cucumber Roll Ups2__No Sugarless Gum

Using a mandolin or knife, thinly slice cucumber(s) lengthwise.

Cut carrots into 1/2 inch chunks.

Add a bit of turkey and carrot to a cucumber and roll.  Use a toothpick to secure or just eat!

You can layer the cucumbers to make a pseudo-wrap like in the pictures, but you will need a toothpick to hold the end.

Elimination Diet safe: No.

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