CUCUMBER INFORMATION, NUTRIENTS, BENEFITS
This page compiles information on nutritional characteristics and other properties of cucumber as a summary.
The proportions of the nutrients of the cucumber can vary according to the type and quantity of the vegetable, in addition to other factors that can intervene in the modification of its nutrients. Remember that depending on the preparation of cucumber, its properties and nutritional characteristics can vary.
It is food with low caloric intake and few carbohydrates. It provides a good dose of fibre, calories as well as vitamins A, B, C and E. It is a water source par excellence, and a unit of 100 grams only has 13 calories, 97% is liquid.
As regards minerals, cucumber is a vegetable very rich in potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
Properties of cucumber
- Among the foods in the category of the vegetables and vegetables that we have available in the foods in our store or regular supermarket, is the cucumber.This food belongs to the group of fresh vegetables.
- Cucumber is a very beneficial vegetable for the skin, helping in its treatment. This vegetable is also known for its cosmetic properties, widely used for masks and to combat pimples.
- Another of the uses of cucumber is the relaxation of tired eyes. Two slices of freshly cut cucumber on the eyelids, help reduce swelling of the eyes and also is beneficial to relieve conjunctivitis.
Its Best Time
The cucumber is a vegetable of summer, although at present it is possible to buy throughout the year thanks to the crops of the greenhouse that have proliferated of the extraordinary way on the south coast of the peninsula and in the Canary Islands.
Shape: elongated and rounded at the tip.
Size: they are between 15 and 25 centimetres in length and about 5 centimetres in diameter, except the gherkins, with a maximum length of 15 centimetres. Its weight ranges between 30 and 200 grams depending on the variety.
Color: the skin is green, yellowing on the tips, and the pulp between white and yellow.
Taste: somewhat tasteless, similar to that of unripe melon.
How to Choose and Keep It
When you want to buy cucumbers, it is advisable to choose those specimens that have dark green skin, without yellow spots or defects, which are firm and well developed, but not too wide in diameter.
It is better to reject larger specimens because they tend to have a more bitter taste, a softer texture and a lot of hard seeds. Also, it is not advisable to acquire those that have the dry ends or present a little lustrous colour of yellowish tone.
This indicates that the fruit is hard and has a bitter taste. When acquiring them, you must press on the end of the stem. If it is soft, it means that the cucumber has long been collected.