Cucumbers belong to the family of Cucurbitaceae alongside watermelon, zucchinis, squash, and pumpkin, its scientific name is Cucumis sativus.
It contains 95% of water which helps you to stay hydrated.
Cucumbers originated in India but now are widely cultivated around the world, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in 2013; China is the largest grower of cucumber with 76% of the world production followed by Turkey, Iran, Russia,and Ukraine.
It is light to dark green in colour and in a 100 gram serving raw cucumber is 95% water, provides 67 kilojoules and supply essential nutrients vitamin k, vitamin B, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese.
Power Of Cucumber
It has a slightly sweet flavour and can be eaten raw.
- Controls blood pressure
- Manage diabetes
- Help soothe sunburn
Cucumber juice can be added to the hair to make them more silky and shiny.
Reduce the risk of cancer- cucumber contains polyphenols which help to reduce the risk of breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancer.
Regular consumption of cucumber can help in the dissolvingof kidney stone.
- Manage stress
- Freshen your breath
- Anti-oxidant properties
- Fight cellulite- cucumber can also be used to fight cellulite of the thighs.
How to buy and store cucumber
Cucumber is widely available but buy them directly from the farmer, farmers market or farm shop and choose organic cucumber over conventionally grow varieties, cucumber is the 12th most contaminated food and 2nd in cancer risk due to pesticide content according to Environmental Working Group(EWG).
You can even grow them in your garden.
They thrive in a container and provide stalking so that they have somewhere to climb on.
Cucumbers are very sensitive to heat so effort should be made store them in the refrigerator, they will regain their freshness for a longer time.
Avoid the yellow cucumbers that are swollen or wrinkled.
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