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Cucumber


Description

Cucumber is originally from India but now grown in other countries too. It is the fourth most widely cultivated vegetable in the world.

Types

Cucumbers are commonly of two types.

  • The first one is the 'slicing cucumber' which is consumed when its fresh. They are generally longer and smoother with a uniform color. 
  • The other type is the 'pickling cucumber' which are used to make pickles. As compared to slicing cucumber, pickling cucumber is smaller and has a thinner skin. They are not usually waxed. They come in colors varying from creamy yellow to dark green. 
  • There is also a variety called burpless cucumbers which are relatively sweeter and thinner. They are almost seedless with a fragile skin.

Health Benefits

Cucumbers are 95 percent water and so help in keeping the body hydrated. It is juicy and fresh to taste. It kills the bacteria in our mouth which causes bad breath. It also contains vitamin B. It reduces cholesterol and maintains a healthy blood sugar level in our body. They act as great pick-me-ups and are known to fight off hunger pangs.
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