Cucumber Nutrition - Information, recipes and top tips

Our cucumber nutrition page offers a more detailed look at the nutritional value and corresponding health benefits of eating cucumber, along with top tips, interesting snippets, and our favourite recipes that feature cucumber.

Our printable cucumber nutrition vegetable chart makes a great at a glance guide. Stick it in a notebook, or to the front of the fridge - it might inspire you when you look inside and don't know what to do with what's lurking in your vegetable drawer!

If you are looking for some printables to help your child recognise their veggies, we've created a nice collection of cucumber themed vegetable worksheets.

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There are a variety of cucumbers available, although most of us are probably most used to see the English Cucumber with the classic dark green skin. 

Cucumbers are divided into three categories:

  • Slicing
  • Pickling
  • Burpless

Within each category there are several different types available, although you will probably have to go to a rather fabulous green grocers to find anything other than the most common varieties. Alternatively you could try growing your own.

Cucumber Nutrition - Nutritional Information

Cucumber is a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese.

It is very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.

It also provides some biotin and Vitamin B1.

Cucumber nutrition - Health Benefits of Eating Cucumber

  • Cucumbers are made up of 95% which is why they are a great choice for juicing - they are fabulous for hydrating the body's cells.
  • The B vitamins that cucumber contains makes them a great pick me up - if you're feeling a bit groggy consuming some cucumber will really help to perk you up due to  the combination of its hydrating capabilities and these B complexes. 
  • Cucumber contains silica which helps to keep our joints in good health. Mixing cucumber and carrot juice is reputed to help reduce the levels of uric acid in the body, thus relieving gout and arthritis induced pain.
  • Eating cucumbers every day is a gentle yet apparently effective remedy for constipation.
  • Cucumber juice contains a hormone which helps the pancreas produce insulin, and so can help those who suffer from (type 2) diabetes.
  • Cucumber is not only fabulous for our bodies from the inside, but it is also great for taking care of the outside too, as anyone who has ever used the classic cucumber slices on the eyes home beauty treatment will know. What might not be so commonly known is that cucumber works in a similar way to aloe vera on burns, including sunburn, and can help with skin conditions such as dermatitis. 

When to Buy Cucumber

Cucumber is a warm season crop that does well in exotic and temperate climates, so it is generally available throughout the year. In the UK the season runs from July to September.

How to Store Cucumber

Most of us probably keep our cucumbers in the fridge, but this is not the best place for them. They can be damaged when the temperature drops below 50F (they are a warm season crop after all!) If you've ever taken your cucumber out of the fridge and cut it to find a soggy mess, this is because the cold has caused the cell walls to breakdown. Keep them at room temperature, of if you really must keep them in the fridge, do so for as short a time as possible.

Keep your cucumbers away from tomatoes, bananas and melons as these produce a gas called ethylene which cucumbers are highly sensitive too. When in contact with this gas cucumbers can become soft, and fit only for the compost bin.

Growing Your Own

Cucumbers are pretty easy to grow at home, so long as you get the right variety of seed to suit your needs. You can get ones that need to be grown in a greenhouse and those that can be grown outdoors.

You can grow them in pots or grow bags so the lack of a vegetable bed or allotment needn't put you off giving them a try. If you have a small space perhaps buy a single plant from a nursery and pop it in a pot on the balcony or in patio.

The plants will need supporting with a stake once they start to grow, unless they are in a bed where they be left to trail across the ground.

Time from planting to the first harvest is about 12 weeks.

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Interesting Cucumber Nutrition Vegetable Facts

  • The period of time when politicians go off on their summer jollies has become known as the 'Silly Season' - this is the time when news is thin on the ground, so the newspapers have to look further afield for copy to fill their pages. In Continental Europe this period is known as 'Cucumber Time'. Britain used this nickname in the early 1800s; it apparently came from the tailors of London whose trade died off as all the gentry left the city for healthier climes, giving the tailors the time to harvest the ripening cucumbers in their gardens.
  • The Romans were very partial to cucumbers and it is believed that they were responsible for introducing them to Britain.
  • The Roman Emperor Tiberius was ridiciously fond of cucumbers, and insisted that they be served with every meal. To keep him happy his gardeners came up with ingenious ways to ensure that he had a continuous supply throughout the year. 
  • Cucumbers are mentioned in the bible, and are known to have been in cultivation as far back as 2000 BC in ancient Mesopotamia. 

Cucumber Nutrition - Cucumber Recipes

This chicken pesto salad which uses cucumber noodles is a really zesty and light way to get the goodness that cucumber nutrition offers into your body in an unusual way.

This Raita Recipe isn't paleo as it uses yogurt, but you could substitute it for coconut yogurt.

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