Cucumbers have many refreshing and nutritional properties that many people don’t know about. They are actually in the same  family as melons, squash, and pumpkins. Cucumbers can help reduce puffiness under the eyes, give you energy, and more!

Why are they beneficial?

Cucumbers contain many of the B vitamins which help convert carbs to energy. This is why eating more cucumbers can help you stay awake throughout the day. They are also 95% water, so they make the perfect summer snack. They have plenty of fiber, too, for a healthy digestive system. 

cucumber sliced

When are they in season?

You can usually find cucumbers from mid-June until September in Tennessee. There are a few varieties that might be available at different times, like pickling cucumbers and slicing cucumbers. Always try to buy local and organic when possible. 

How long will they keep?

Cucumbers do not last a very long time before they begin to get squishy. Eat them as soon as possible to get that good crunch. If you must store them, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap individually and keep in the refrigerator. 

How can I prepare them?

Here are a few ideas besides topping your salads with them:

  • Slice them and use them as crackers with tuna or chicken salad. 
  • Add cucumber and strawberry slices to a pitcher of water with some fresh squeezed lime juice for a healthy drink this summer. 
  • Make a greek Quinoa salad with diced cucumber, diced tomato, red onion, olives, and feta cheese.
  • Make cucumber mango salsa to put on grilled fish or chicken.

 

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