Looking More Healthy With Cucumber Fruit
Cucumber fruit which was originally from South Asia has become a global fruit and often used as vegetables as a result of its nutritional value and variety of use. It is well known for its hydrating ability because of its high water content. Whenever you feel dehydrated and weak cucumber fruit is a good option for you.
This fruit has been classified into three varieties base on their peculiar characteristics. They include;
- Burpless cucumber.
Slicing cucumber is the common one that most people know about. It is grown to be eating green and fresh. It gets bitter when it turns yellow as a result of not harvesting it on time.
Pickling cucumber is smaller in size and it a cucumber with sugar, brine, vinegar, and spices which give it a good taste and flavor. It has a bumpy skin with some small black spines.
Burpless cucumber has little or no seed. It is often referred to as seedless cucumber. It will interest you to know that this cucumber can actually grow up to 2 feet and they are sweeter than other varieties of cucumber.
Cucumber can be used and eating in a variety of ways. Some like eating it very fresh and raw, while for some they feel it taste better when they eat it with groundnut. Cucumber can also be used as a salad with other vegetables such as cabbage, onions, carrot, and mix with a mayonnaise BAMA cream.
It can also be used to make juice. With meats? It gives you another delicious taste, most especially with the popular suya beef meat. Cucumber can be enjoyed in so many ways.
Cucumber fruit contains high nutritional value that can give you the right nutrients for healthy living. According to the United State Department of Agriculture, 142g of cucumber fruit contains:
- 137.0g of water
- 17.0 calories
- 0.8g of protein
- 0.2g fat
- 3.1g carbs
- 1.0g fiber
- 19.9g of calcium
- 0.3mg of iron
- 17mg magnesium
- 29.8mg phosphorus
- 2.8mg sodium
- 4.5mg of vitamin C
- 10.2mcg of vitamin k
- 44mcg beta carotene
- 19.9mcg of folate
- 22.7mcg of lutein and zeaxanthin
This fruit also contains antioxidants which are very useful to the body.
Health Benefits of Cucumber
Cucumber fruit can help you maintain good blood pressure as this fruit contains magnesium needed for this body function.
Improves your sleep
Drinking cucumber juice can help you calm your nerves, reduce stress and anxiety.
One of the fruits that can leave you with a healthy skin without blemish is cucumber fruit. You can also see my articles on banana. This fruit offers a glowing skin by removing dullness and dark circles. It has a wealth of minerals and vitamins excellent in achieving these skin goals.
Good for your hair
Sulfur and Silicon are good hair minerals found in cucumber that can give you healthy hair. Taking cucumber juice can help you prevent hair fall.
Helps to fight against bad breath
Eating cucumber can help you conquer mouth odor that results from bacteria infections and remains of food particles in the mouth.
Eating cucumber fruit can make you feel cool and hydrated as a greater percentage of cucumber fruit contains water.
Help to aid weight loss
This fruit has a low-calorie content and a high amount of water that can help you lose weight.
Blood sugar regulator
Studies have shown that taken enough cucumber can help reduce your blood sugar levels and save you from the risk of diabetes.
Simple way to pickle cucumber
Pickling your cucumber is one thing you will like to do to enjoy cucumber fruit. It helps to give it another sweet and refreshing taste. Cucumber pickles can stay as long as you want it to and hence a good way of preserving your cucumber.
- Jar bottle
Procedure for preparation
- Wash your cucumber with warm water to remove dirt and bacteria
- Slice the cucumber to about 2mm thickness
- Take the sliced cucumber and rub gently with salt, then allow it to stay for 20minutes.
- Make a solution containing water, vinegar, and sugar and warm lightly, after which allow it to cool down.
- Keep the cucumber and the solution in a jar and close tightly
- Keep the pickled cucumber in a fridge for sometimes to be served cool.