- Naturally low in fat
- Naturally low in calories
- Naturally high in fibre
- A high protein food as 29% of its calories come from protein, which contributes to maintenance of normal bowns and muscle mass.
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Cucumbers have a unique texture and refreshing cool taste. They are generally eaten raw, but can be blanched and refreshed or boiled. The skin of cucumbers contains folic acid and Vitamin A, known as carotene, wash well but do not peel for extra goodness.
Store cucumbers in the vegetable drawer section of the fridge, they are not suited to intense cold. Alternatively, place them stem end down in a glass of cold water with the cut end covered with foil. Keep the glass in a cool place away from strong light. Because of their high water content, cucumbers do not freeze satisfactorily. Although it is possible to freeze them in made-up dishes such as soups.
Cucumbers are generally used as a salad ingredient, a garnish or sandwich filling. Stuffed for baking or stewing, they can be treated in the same way as marrows or courgettes. They can also be peeled, sliced thickly, dipped in coating batter and deep-fried. Cucumber soup can be served hot or cold while grated cucumber mixed with natural yoghurt or sour cream makes an excellent dressing.
Looking for some recipe ideas? Why not try these delicious Lamb Koftas with Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad