English cucumber, Lemon cucumber, Japanese cucumber
Major growing area
Grown year-around in the wet zone and during ‘Maha’ season, in the dry zone
slightly sweet, faintly salty
AYURVEDA & MEDICINAL USES
Cucumber is an excellent source of potassium which helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering the effects of sodium. The unique combinations of antioxidants act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Cucumbers contain a high amount of vitamin K, which plays a role in bone strength by promoting osteotrophic activity. It also contributes in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage to patients’ brains.
Cucumber belongs to the same family as watermelons
Some cucumbers can grow to 60 cm in length and up to 10cm in diameter. Yet, in general more than 90% of these vegetables are water!
It’s the seeds that contribute to the bitter taste
For a fresh delight, whip up a dish of quick pickled cucumbers. Stir slices of cucumber, 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt, 2 tablespoons chopped bell pepper in a serving bowl and serve immediately. If you have time, let it marinate in the refrigerator until time to serve.
NUTRIENTS & VALUES PER 100g EDIBLE PORTION
|Total Fat||0.11 g|
|Dietary Fiber||0.5 g|
|Thiamine (B1)||0.027 mg|
|Riboflavin (B2)||0.033 mg|
|Niacin (B3)||0.098 mg|
|Pantothenic acid (B5)||0.259 mg|
|Vitamin A||105 IU|
|Vitamin E||0.03 mg|
|Vitamin K||16.4 μg|