Cucumbers

By EAT SMARTER
Updated on 27. Jul. 2020

Cucumbers have a very high water content and few calories. Learn more about cucumbers here.

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Cucumbers...

  • ...can be good for diabetics. The cucumber contains a ferment closely related to insulin, which can have a positive effect on the blood sugar level.
  • ...are good for the skin. Because cucumbers consist of around 97 percent water, they help hydrate the body, which helps beautify the skin.
  • ...help with water retention. Cucumber has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for fluid retention in the body.
  • ...stimulates digestion. Terpenes (bitter compounds) in cucumber activate the digestive juices and enzymes in liver, bile and the pancreas.
  • ...support brain health. Cucumber contains the anti-inflammatory fistein, which improves memory and helps protect nerve cells from aging.
  • ...are packed with vitamins and minerals. Cucumbers provide about 8 milligrams of vitamin C and 65 micrograms of vitamin A per 100 grams. In addition, they contain some iron, several vitamins from the B group and vitamin E, as well as calcium.
  • ...are a good option if you're trying to lose weight. Cucumbers are among the most low-fat and low-calorie vegetables around.
  • ...aren't for everyone. Raw cucumber is relatively difficult to digest, especially when eaten with its skin. Letting them steep in water for 10 minutes will make them easier on the stomach.

What You Should Know About Cucumbers

Cucumbers differ in length, thickness, color, and texture. For some people, cucumbers are difficult to digest and can cause flatulence. 

Origins

Cucumbers belong to the cucurbit family and probably originated in India. Today cucumbers grow everywhere with warm weather, from tropical to temperate climates. 

Season

Cucumbers are in season from May through September, but can generally be found in the supermarket throughout the year.

Flavor

These elongated vegetables taste slightly sour and are very refreshing due to their high water content.

Our Favorite Cucumber Recipes

Here you can find all cucumber recipes.

How Healthy Are Cucumbers?

Due to its high water content, cucumbers are a great vegetable for dieters; 100 grams contains just 12 calories. Cucumbers also contain the minerals potassium, iron, zinc and fluorine and some vitamin C.

cucumber nutritional info (100 g)  
Calories 12
Protein 0.6 g
Grease 0.2 g
Carbohydrates 1.8 g
Fiber 0.9 g

 

Shopping and Cooking Tips

Shopping

Fresh cucumbers should feel firm to the touch and not have yellow or brown spots.

Storage

Cucumbers stay fresh in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator for about a week. Sliced cucumbers should be wrapped in cling wrap and eaten within 2-3 days.

Preparation

Cucumbers require just a rinse before eating. If you prefer you can also peel them with a vegetable peeler, though the skin can be consumed.

Cucumbers should not be left out for long, or its vitamin C content will quickly deplete. Salt exacerbates this process, so if you're salting your cucumbers ensure you eat them as quickly as possible.

What To Make With Cucumbers

All cucumbers can be steamed, braised, stuffed or eaten raw, of course. They can also be turned into pickles of course! Raw cucumbers are also great snacks, cut into sticks and paired with cheese dips, hummus or tahini. Due to their high water content, cucumbers are also perfect for fresh smoothies. The combination of cucumber, iceberg lettuce, orange, pineapple, and fresh mint makes for a delicious summer smoothie.

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