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Cucumber
Some say that because cucumbers have seeds they, like tomatoes and avocados, are a fruit, but as they are part of the same family as squash, melons and pumpkins it's hard to know what category to place them in. The most common varieties in Australia are the lebanese (approx 6cm in diameter and 20cm long), telegraph (5cm x 30cm long) and gherkin (1cm x 6cm). Gherkins are mainly used for pickling.
Select firm and crisp cucumbers. If they are wrapped in plastic check to ensure the ends are not soft.
Cucumbers don't like excessive cold so it's best to them in plastic to protect them and store in the crisper section of the fridge for up to a week.
Category: Fruit
In Season:
To Buy:
Buy them firm and crisp. If they are wrapped in plastic check to ensure the ends are not soft.
To Store:
As they do not like excessive cold, wrap the cucumbers in plastic to protect them and store in the crisper section of the fridge for up to a week.
Tips & Tricks:
Grated cucumbers are delicious with minted yoghurt and served with hot spicy foods.
Cooking Tips:
Check to see if the skin is tough and bitter. If it's tough, score down the length with a fork all around the outside before slicing.

Nutrition per 1 Unit:

Weight (grams):
97
Carbohydrates, g:
2.0
Fat (g):
0.1
Monosaturated Fat , g:
0.0
Iodine :
Salicylates:
High
Energy (kJ):
56
Protein (g):
0.5
Saturated Fat, g :
0.0
Vitamin C:
Amines:
Negligible
Glutamates:
n/a

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Fluid Retention

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.





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