Cucumber is a cultivated plant from the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae.
There are 3 varieties of cucumbers: slicing, seedless and pickling.
CUCUMBER IS 3000 YEARS OLD
Although it now grows on most continents, the cucumber is originally from South Asia, most precisely from India (kheera in Hindi) where it has been cultivated for at least 3000 years. Cultivation expanded to the western countries and arrived in France during the 9th century, then later appeared in North America by mid-16th century.
They are now available in stores year round but are at their best (in season) from May to July.
CUCUMBER IS HEALTHY
There are 16 calories in a cup of cucumber with its peel (15 without), which will get you 4% of your daily potassium, 3% of your daily fiber and 4% of your daily vitamin C.
Cucumber also provides small amounts of vitamin K, manganese, magnesium and vitamin A.
Cucumber contains antioxidants which contribute to block the accumulation of harmful free radicals. This accumulation can lead to several types of chronic illness as well as cancer, heart, lung and autoimmune disease.
Because they are composed of about 96% water, cucumbers are effective at providing your daily hydration need.
Dehydration is a major factor for constipation, so adding cucumber to your diet can help to regulate bowel movements.
HOW TO USE CUCUMBER?
There are tons of ways to use cucumbers in your recipes. The most common ways are to slice it up and put it in a salad or sandwich. However, you can also use it in your drinks!
Simply add some slices of cucumber in your water and store it in the fridge for the night. The cucumber will infuse the water giving it flavor and freshness.
Add some cucumber in your smoothies and juice blends too!
Properly stored, cucumbers will last for about one week in the fridge.
DID YOU KNOW?
>Cucumber is a FRUIT and it is from the same plant family as the watermelon.
>PICKLES are basically marinated cucumbers.