The cucumber is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Other members of the family include squash and different kinds of melon. Cucumbers provide various nutrients but are low in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
People in India have grown cucumbers for food and medicinal purposes since ancient times, and they have long been part of the Mediterranean diet.
Cucumbers have a mild, refreshing taste and a high water content. Cucumbers consist mostly of water, and they also contain important electrolytes. They can help prevent dehydration in hot weather or after a workout.
People usually consume cucumbers raw. Their mild taste and refreshing crunch make them suitable for:
adding to salads or sandwiches
accompanying rich or highly flavored dishes, such as curries and stews
You could try these:
Mix sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, and feta cheese for a Greek-style side dish.
Jazz up water by adding mint leaves and cucumber.
Slice cucumbers into thick slices and dip them in your favorite hummus.
Blend cucumbers alone or other vegetables, such as carrots and celery, to make a juice.
Make gazpacho soup by blending with tomatoes, pimentos, garlic, onions, and bread crumbs and then chilling.
Mix with garlic, mint, and Greek yogurt to accompany a curry.