"Heaven is a homegrown cucumber." - Alys Fowler
Cucumbers are a fresh, complementary food to add to salads, charcuterie boards, little tea sandwiches and more. They also add to your daily intake of water!
Five Fun Facts
- Cucumbers are 95% water.
- Cucumber can be rubbed on noisy hinges to lubricate them.
- Put pureed or sliced cucumber on sunburned skin for almost instant relief.
- Cucumbers were first grown for consumption in ancient India around the 2nd-3rd millennia BC.
- The phrase “cool as a cucumber” comes from the cucumber’s ability to cool the temperature of the blood.
Nutrition InfoCucumbers are a good source of:
- Vitamin K
- Water (they are made up of over 95% water)
BenefitsCucumbers may be beneficial in the following ways:
- Helping with hydration.
- Helping to avoid constipation with fiber.
- Reducing blood clots and adding to bone health.
- Preventing heart disease and cancers.
- Improving organ function, vision, and immune system health.
- Protecting skin from swelling, damage, and puffiness.
- Individuals who are allergic to ragweed pollen may have reactions from eating cucumbers.
- Eaten in too great a quantity, cucumbers may cause bloating and indigestion.
Suggested RecipesWhite Cheddar Cucumber Chips - a healthy alternative to greasy potato chips; requires dehydrator
Low Fat Cucumber Salad
Pork and Cucumber Stir Fry
Cucumber Sandwich Filling
Chilled Vegan Avocado-Cucumber Soup
For the Kids and Kids-at-Heart
Download this cucumber color-by-number sheet to have some fun!
Credits and thanks in addition to recipes and information linked above: Curejoy.com; InspiringQuotes; Mrplantgeek.com; Paeats.com; Thefactsite.com; WebMd.com. Inclusion of a link does not imply WHF endorsement of all content at that link.