Fun Facts about Cucumber:

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  • The term “cool as a cucumber” is derived from the cucumber’s ability to cool the temperature of the blood.
  • Botanically speaking, cucumbers are a fruit, but they are used as a vegetable. Similar to tomatoes and watermelon.
  • The world’s heaviest cucumber was grown by David Thomas, from the UK, in 2015 and weighed 23 pounds and 7 ounces.

 

Health Benefits of Cucumber:

  • When applied topically, cucumber does cool the blood and ease facial swelling, which is why cucumbers are so popular in facial regimens.
  • The phytochemicals in cucumbers can kill the bacteria that are responsible for causing bad breath.
  • Cucumbers are a natural multivitamin as it contains both vitamins and minerals; vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, folic acid, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
  • They are made up of 95% water ensured boosted hydration.

 

Cooking with Cucumber:

  • Is usually enjoyed raw in sandwiches and salads.
  • Can be pickled and used as a side dish.
  • Is commonly used to juice or added to smoothies.

 

Recipe using Cucumber:

  • Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
  • Ingredients:
    • 1 cucumber, chopped
    • cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered
    • radishes, chopped
    • 1 yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
    • A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • Juice of 1 lemon, 3 Tablespoons
    • Salt, to taste
  • Instructions:
    • Combine all ingredients to a bowl, mix, and enjoy!

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