Cucumbers can be kept in a plastic bag or container lined with a dry paper towel in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.


Cucumbers are very low in calories. A cup of sliced cucumber contains 14 calories and is a source of Vitamin C.


The cucumber is believed native to India, and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in western Asia for 3,000 years. From India it spread to Greece and Italy, where the Romans were especially fond of the crop, and later into China. It was probably introduced into other parts of Europe by the Romans, and records of cucumber cultivation appear in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century.


Cucumbers don’t have to be peeled. The skin contains most of the nutrients. Cucumbers are almost always eaten raw, by themselves, in salads or as a sandwich vegetable. They can be gently steeped in butter, stock or even cream, or cut in half, lengthwise, poached and filled with a savoury mixture of rice and herbs. Cucumbers can be salted if desired.

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