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.
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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.