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Cucumbers

Cucumbers

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 Info

Cucumbers are a good source of:
  • Vitamin K
  • Fisetin
  • Carotenoids
  • Water (they are made up of over 95% water)

Benefits

Cucumbers 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.

Cautions

  • 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 Recipes

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; InspiringQuotesMrplantgeek.com; Paeats.com; Thefactsite.com; WebMd.comInclusion of a link does not imply WHF endorsement of all content at that link.

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