Cucumber benefits and virtues

The cucumber or Cucumis sativus is an annual plant with creeping or climbing plants belonging to the family Cucurbitaceae.

Native to northern India and Pakistan, cucumber can reach 3 m high.

  1. Vegetable garden: growing and cucumber maintenance
  2. Kitchen: recipes with cucumber

Cucumber: for the record

Cucumber grows naturally at the foot of the Himalayas and was domesticated in India for the first time there is at least 3,000 years.

Hebrews, Greeks and Romans also knew.

Cucumber and its health benefits

  • In the past, we used Seeds Cucumber to soothe coughs.
  • The cucumber juice reveals refreshing and slightly laxative.
  • However, it is almost exclusively for external use is used cucumber. Refreshingly, his pulp relieves inflammation and skin irritation as well as minor burns. For the same virtues juice, Lotion is used to heal chapped skin, itching, dry patches. Cucumber juice is the basis for many products.

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  • External use:

Cucumber lotion: mixing filtered cucumber juice with the same amount of alcohol 60% vol. Perfume as you like and shake before use. Suitable for oily skin. Adding the shift (the amount of cucumber juice), sweet almond oil, a lotion was obtained dry skin.

Cucumber slices: to rehydrate your skin, nothing like to apply to it a few slices of cucumber!

Growing cucumbers

The cucumber needs a hot show, sunny and very humus soil, deep, not too humid.

  1. Vegetable garden: growing and cucumber maintenance

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Trick

If your stomach trouble digesting the cucumber, remove the skin and seeds, grate end. It's ready!
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Cucumber pot? It will push easily into a bed of 30 cm high with a trellis.

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Beware of little beasts!

Beware powdery mildew, it is very common in cucumber. Also at the station aphid roots and cucumber anthracnose (Scab) which forms green spots on the leaves.
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Species and varieties of cucumber

  • "The Generous" half long, slightly prickly, outdoor ideal.
  • "Marketer" half-length, early fruit.
  • "Belcanto F1 ': Long, slow, strong.
  • "Raider F1" productive early, half-long.
  • "White Wonder" amazing, long, white.
  • "Jazzer F1" strong, long.

Cucumber in the kitchen

It is most often eaten raw in salads but cucumber is eaten as cooked au gratin or soup.

  1. Kitchen: recipes with cucumber

Intakes:

10 kcal / 100g. The cucumber has a good calcium, iron, sodium, and vitamins.

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Gourmet idea:

Better not to disgorge cucumber. Finally, it's a matter of taste but disgorged, cucumber will guarantee a salty flavor and softens. Why not preserve all its originality?

And why not enjoy it like the British, with the skin? Choose cucumbers in this case the grainy skin and thick and cut into very thin slices. Bon Appetite!