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Cucumbers Know Your Fruits and Veggies

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Are you cool as a cucumber? Probably not. A cucumber like its cousins watermelon and cantaloupe, are high in water content. Eating a cucumber can quench your thirst. Taking that idea a few steps further, a few slices of cucumber in a glass of water is one of the most refreshing drinks ever.
Cucumbers are much more than tossed salad toppers. Cucumbers are the main ingredient in tzatziki sauce, a Greek sauce served as a side for gyros and more. You can find these refreshing green wonders in smoothies, agua drink recipes and cocktail garnishes. Cool cucumber soup makes a nice change for summer lunches. Don’t forget about pickles!
At about 15 calories each, cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. An average size cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.
Here are a few fun facts about this amazing fruit. It is okay to call cukes veggies, too. 🙂
• The phrase, “Cool as a cucumber.” Comes from the fact the inside temperature of a cuke is about 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding air.
• You can apply cucumber slices topically to reduce swelling to eyes, cool burns and relive itch of dermatitis.
• The silica in cucumbers can help your complexion and adds a natural glow factor! The natural hydrating and properties and phytochemical reaction can smooth wrinkles and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
• Rub a cucumber over metal faucets and fixtures to bring back its shine.
• The skin of a cucumber can help erase stubborn pen and crayon marks on walls.
• The smell of cucumbers can trigger relaxing properties to your brain. Toss a few in some boiling water and instant spa. Don’t forget to save a few slices for your tired eyes.
Cucumbers can also freshen your breath.
There is no need to peel these vegetables. The entire cucumber is edible. Wash them well to remove the wax coating most suppliers use to protect produce from insects and bruising.

Here are some cool ways to enjoy cucumbers!

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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