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Cucumbers belong to the same family as marrows and courgettes. They are believed to have originated in Asia and have been grown in India for some 3,000 years. The Victorians bred a good selection of colour into their cucumbers – and thus white, yellow, bronze and bluish hues as well as the more usual green-skinned type are grown. Also in the nineteenth century, oval-shaped cucumbers were grown by the French and were much in demand by perfumeries.

Long ago cucumber had a reputation as a beauty aid especially for keeping the skin white. It’s use as a cooling eye pack is much better known these days. 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.

Areas grownPrimarily North County Dublin and eastern seaboard counties.

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