Selectingcucumber

When selecting cucumbers look for firm, heavy and dark green color skin. The color of the cucumber is very important, as the older ones will turn yellow or dull green. Baby cucumbers and green house cucumbers (English cucumber) will have fewer seeds and milder in flavor. 

Storing

Cucumbers can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator unwashed. Sliced or cut cucumbers should be stored in a sealed container refrigerated and used within a day or two.

Preparation

Cucumbers can be prepared in a variety of ways but always wash before serving. Serve cucumbers peeled or unpeeled but by leaving the skin on they are more nutritious. Seeds are edible but can be removed very easily just slice cucumber length wise in half and gently scrape out seeds. Cucumbers are great in many summertime dishes and or eaten raw. They also go great in relish trays, sandwiches, or even just sliced with vinegar, salt and pepper for a cool side dish.


Nutrition Information


Cucumber, with peel, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy 20 kcal   70 kJ

Carbohydrates    

3.63 g

- Sugars  1.67 g

- Dietary fiber  0.5 g  

Fat

0.11 g

Protein

0.65 g

Thiamin (Vit. B1)  0.027 mg  

2%

Riboflavin (Vit. B2)  0.033 mg  

2%

Niacin (Vit. B3)  0.098 mg  

1%

Pantothenic acid (B5)  0.259 mg 

5%

Vitamin B6  0.040 mg

3%

Folate (Vit. B9)  7 μg 

2%

Vitamin C  2.8 mg

5%

Calcium  16 mg

2%

Iron  0.28 mg

2%

Magnesium  13 mg

4% 

Phosphorus  24 mg

3%

Potassium  147 mg  

3%

Zinc  0.20 mg

2%

Percentages are relative to US
recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database