Plants and Health

Cucumber: benefits and virtues


The cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a vegetable plant belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family.

Native to northern India and Pakistan, the cucumber can grow up to 3 m tall. It has been one of the most important cultures in the world for over 3,000 years.

  • Vegetable garden: how to grow cucumbers well
  • Cooking: recipes with cucumber

Cucumber and its health benefits

  • Mainly made up of water, cucumber is the food refreshing par excellence, but its intake of macronutrients, minerals and trace elements are relatively low.
  • Consisting of 95% water, cucumber has a verylow caloric value, which is an asset for people watching their weight.
  • Thecucumber juice revealsvery refreshing andslightly laxative.
  • It's almost exclusively for theexternal use that we use cucumber for its virtues. Refreshing, its pulp relieves them inflammation and irritation of the skin as well as minor burns.
  • Used in lotion, cucumber forms the basis of many products. He treats thechapping, the itching, the scabs.
  • And for rehydrate any skin, nothing like applying a few slices cucumber!

Growing cucumber for its benefits

  • Cucumber needs a hot exposure, sunny and a very humus, deep soil, not too wet.
  • In pot, in a 30 cm high planter with a trellis, the cucumber is doing wonderfully!
  • Note that the cucumber stays fresheven in direct sunlight and regardless of the heat: its internal temperature is 6 to 8 degrees lower than the ambient temperature!
  • Vegetable garden: how to grow cucumbers well

Cucumber in cooking for its benefits

  • The cucumber must beclosed, have a skin very green and matte. The smaller it is (25 cm to 30 cm), the tastier it is.
  • If we eat it most often raw in salad, cucumber can also be eaten well cooked ingratin or even in soup.
  • If you have difficulty digest the cucumber, remove the skin with a peeler and the central part with a spoon. Remember, however, that it is in his skin that we find the most nutrients.
  • The cucumber is preserve one or two weeks in the crisper of the refrigerator. Once started, protect it with cling film. Avoid keeping cucumbers at proximity to fruits (especially apples), which by releasing ethylene, contribute to increasing bitterness.
  • Cooking: recipes with cucumber

Nutritional intake

10 kcal / 100 g. Cucumber has a good content of calcium, iron, sodium and vitamins.

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