EN on Foods

July 2013 Issue

EN on Foods: Cool Cucumbers

Cucumbers (Cucumis sativus) belong to the same family as melons and squash. Though we think of them as vegetables, they are technically fruits, classified either as slicing cucumbers or pickling cucumbers. Slicing “cukes” are thick-skinned and consumed in their fresh form, while the pickling variety are smaller and have thinner skins. The most familiar cucumbers are long, with smooth, dark-green skin, but there are hundreds of varieties that differ in size, shape and even color. With a 95-percent water content, cucumbers are hydrating, and have a very low calorie count. A one-cup serving has only 16 calories, yet packs 22% DV (Daily Value, recommended daily intake based on 2,000 calories per day) of bone-building vitamin K and 4% DV of cell-protecting vitamin C.

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