Cucumber has been cultivated in western Asia for more than 4,000 years and are believed to be native to India. It spread to the Mediterranean and was introduced throughout Europe by the Romans. Cristopher Columbus and Spanish explorers brought cucumber to the New World. Native American Indians stared to cultivate cucumbers in the 16th century.
Cucumber is a member of the cucurbitaceae family, which include melon, squash and watermelon. The most popular specie belongs to the cucumis sativus group. They are very easy to grow and thrives in almost any kind of conditions. Commonly referred to as a vegetable, cucumber is technically a fruit which comes in an assortment colors of green, orange, white, and yellow. Their shapes range from oval to almost round and with skin that can be smooth or rough.
Cucumber is a powerhouse of essential nutrients. It’s a tremendous source of vitamins that includes Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and Vitamin K. This fruit can sufficiently provide you with vital minerals like potassium and magnesium to help you regulate your blood pressure, calcium for stronger bone structure, as well as phosphorus, copper, manganese, iron and zinc. It is also made up three powerful lignans that can reduce risk of cancer types like breast cancer, ovarian cancer & prostate cancer. The insulin producing hormone it holds can benefit individual with diabetes. This fruit is also very low in calorie (16 calories per 1 cup serving).
Read on to find out more about what this amazing superfruit can do…
It has the ability to cool blood temperature, which is why it is often used to ease facial swelling. Eliminate bad breath with just a slice of cucumber in your mouth. Stimulate hair growth by applying some cucumber juice. Need a quick stress reliever? Put one sliced up cuke in boiling water to create a soothing steam.
If you had too much to drink and hate hangovers? … No problemo. Simply take some slices of cucumber before bed and wake up feeling good. Regular consumption of this fruit can help dissolve kidney stone and prevent splitting of fingernails and toenails. The smell of a sliced cucumber in an aluminum pan will repel white flies in your garden. You can balance out a very salty meal with a cucumber juice. It makes a great snack to help curb your hunger without putting up weight. Cucumber is really “cool”!
Some cautions to take when using cucumber. It contains small amount of a toxic compound called cucurbitacin and too much consumption can be lethal. Other minor, side effects of overeating includes indigestion, heartburn and belching. May also cause certain allergic reaction. Stay safe.
Cucumber fun fact: S Ramesh Babu set a record in 1998, by slicing a single cucumber into 120,060 pieces in 2hr 52min 21sec.
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