WHAT IS A CUCUMBER?
This member of the gourd family originally came over from India. There are many varieties but the classic version is a long, oblong shape with green skin. While many people think of them as a vegetable technically they’re a fruit. Different varieties are used for pickling, slicing or seedless. Unfortunately the seeds are actually where most of the health benefits of cucumbers come from. Cucumbers are relatively bland as foods go and are generally a safe alternative for picky children.
WHY ARE CUCUMBERS GOOD FOR YOU?
They are very rich in water and so good for hydration! And when fermented they bring all of the additional benefits of pro-biotic cultures into your gut. However in terms of vitamins and minerals they’re relatively scarce when compared to other fruits and vegetables. But in terms of an ingredient for a salad on a hot summer day they can’t be beat! Check out this recipe from Lauren’s Latest.
WHEN ARE CUCUMBERS IN SEASON?
They are a late spring through summer harvest. However planting should only occur after the last frost of the Spring has occurred.
HOW SHOULD CUCUMBERS BE STORED?
When still young they can be stored at room temperature. But once they are close to being ripe, move them to a refrigerator to slow down their maturation. When chilling them don’t be afraid to use a bag with a wet paper towel to help keep them moist. If freezing slice them first and make sure to freeze them separately. Once frozen you can combine them all into one bag without worrying about them sticking.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO SEED A CUCUMBER?
Click here to see 2 different ways!
WHY DO PEOPLE THINK CUCUMBERS ARE A VEGETABLE?
Because people often classify foods based on how they use them and taste versus their scientific method of reproduction. Tomatoes and zucchinis are other examples of savory fruits that are traditionally treated as vegetables.