Cucumber

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Flickr: La Grande Farmers' Market

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Flickr: karenandbrademerson

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Flickr: Central Valley Farmland Trust

Foods Included

Garden, English, Persian, Kirby, Armenian

Description

Cucumbers grow on vines and come in many varieties. The most common type is long with dark green, smooth skin. However, you can also find white, yellow, and orange colored cucumbers. Cucumbers have a high water content and have a crisp, refreshing taste.

Buy It

  • Choose firm, crisp cucumbers without marks.
  • Cucumbers should feel heavy for their size.
  • Smaller cucumbers have fewer seeds.

Store It

  • Cucumbers are over 90 percent water – store in the refrigerator wrapped tightly in plastic wrap to retain moisture.
  • They keep for 7 days.
  • Wash before eating.

Cook It

  • Eat cucumber slices or sticks raw.
  • You can slice a cucumber into spears and dip into homemade hummus or yogurt dip.
  • Chop or slice a cucumber up and add it to a salad.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.
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