Cucumbers consist of around 97 percent water, which is why they are popular as a low-calorie vegetable, but also as a face mask for fresh skin. With an energy density of only 12 kilocalories per 100 grams, they are ideal as raw food for people who want to lose weight.
It is difficult to trace back when the cucumber was known as a vegetable, as it is not always clearly distinguished from melons and pumpkins in the sources. Probably originally from India or Africa, the Mediterranean region is home to the plant as we know it today. The Greeks valued them, the Romans are said to have grown them under glass. It came to Europe in the Middle Ages.
The cucumber (Cucumis sativa) is also called house or snake cucumber. It belongs to the pumpkin family. The annual plant, which grows lying down or climbing, is sometimes grown in greenhouses or foil houses. The fleshy fruits are mostly elongated and have various shades of green.
The cucumber is sold all year round. But is grown in most colder climates in summer.
Pickling cucumbers are available fresh, especially between mid-August and September. They are the starting product for pickled, salted, dill, delicatessen and pickled cucumbers.
Cucumbers do not tolerate cold. They can only be kept for a few days in the refrigerator. They should not be near apples, bananas or other fruits or vegetables that give off ethylene – the colorless gas that accelerates ripening.
Cucumbers should be washed thoroughly with warm water, but not peeled: The few nutritionally relevant ingredients are mostly in the skin. Since salt removes the liquid from the vegetables, salt should be used last when preparing a cucumber salad.
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Nutritional table: cucumber (per 100 grams)
|Beta-carotene ( µg)||370|
|Vitamin E (mg)||0.1|
|Vitamin B1 (mg)||0.02|
|Vitamin B2 (mg)||0.03|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.04|
|Folic acid ( µ g)||15|
|Vitamin C (mg)||8|