Cucumber is a plant native to southern Asia but now grown in all continents. It is an edible plant from the gourd family (i.e. melon, pumpkins, etc).
Cucumber is 95% water, making it a great re-hydratation vegetable, especially in summer or hot climate places, when the body tends to loose more water.
The skin is the richest part of the vegetable, but due to pesticides, it is also the most dangerous part in terms of health. This for two reasons, the first one is that cucumber has been classified as one of the most dangerous vegetable in terms of pesticides retention, and the second reason, is that all cucumbers are waxed for transportation, even the organic ones, although it is not the same type of wax that is used for organic cucumbers.
Cucumber is rich in vitamin K, which makes it of a great support for the bone system.
It is rich in flavonoids and other phytonutrients that have antioxidant and anti inflammatory virtues.
It also helps detoxify the body and is of a great help in low calorie diets due to the water it contains and to the fact that it is one of the lowest calorie vegetable.
The cucurbitacins and lignans all phytonutrients in cucumbers might help prevent breast, ovary, uterus and prostate cancer.
Most of all, cucumber is delicious and refreshing edible for hot weavers.
Be it cucumber salad, or gazpacho, you will feel refreshed and rehydrated after a good cucumber meal.