The Refreshing Snack
Health Benefits | Fun Facts | Selection Tips | Availability | Storage | Recipes

Cucumbers signal the end of summer, but their cool, refreshing taste and texture are just perfect for those early fall days when nothing tastes better than salad or cold sandwich. If you think of cucumbers as plain, then you’ve yet to explore the full possibilities of this vegetable. The crisp bite of a cucumber enhances so many delectable ethnic dishes that there’s nothing plain or simple about it—cukes are a perfect way to cool down spicy foods. And if fresh cucumbers aren’t around, try them pickled. Tangy dilled cukes are an all-American taste sensation.

Health Benefits
Cucumbers are fat- and cholesterol-free, and low in calories. They also contain phytochemicals that are thought to reduce the incidence of cancer.

Fun Facts

  • The cucumber is believed to be a native plant of India, and was brought to North America in the 16th century.
  • China grows the most cucumbers in the world.
  • Cucumbers are 96% water by weight.

Selection Tips
Good quality cucumbers should be firm, well-shaped, and have an even, dark-green color and uniform size. Avoid cucumbers that are shriveled, yellow in color, or have soft spots.

Availability
The Fresh1 cucumbers are seedless and come from Spain.

Storage
Wrap unused cucumber tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator to keep fresh.

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