Cucumber is a precious ally for an enviable figure and for the detoxification cures. Discover the qualities of this vegetable next and read about some recipes that will help you to judge the true value.
Cucumber is found all year long, but its season is from April to September.
There are 3 types of cucumbers:- Traditional cucumber is dumpy and covered with small roughness. Grows in any garden.
- Long Cucumber, Dutch, is straight, has smooth skin and without that bitter taste and is found in any supermarket. The way it�s grown keeps it safe from predators and diseases and allows the limitation of treatment products.
- Mini-cucumber is mainly used for picnics, for pickles.
Cucumber is ideal for silhouetteCucumber has few calories, being one of the vegetables with the lowest number of calories: 10 calories per 100 grams. Contains fibers, minerals and water soluble vitamins hens the nutritional density proves to be very interesting. It is a real plus for a weight loss diet and a general healthy diet.
Cucumber has many vitamins: vitamin B, vitamin C and even a bit of vitamin E. These vitamins are found in abundance in its skin, hence the interest to consume as much cucumber.
Cucumber is rich in water, it provides potassium and some sodium (3mg), giving it drained and diuretic virtues. Cucumber juice taken on an empty stomach has depurative properties.
What should you know about cucumber?In dermatology, cucumber is considered to have good calming effects, because of the specific organic acids and alpha hydracids. Cucumber is used usually in the form of cataplasm or lotion, to fight red spots, itching and scab.
Today�s cucumber is much less bitter. Selection allowed the development of some less bitter species. Therefore we can consume without peeling it and benefit from the minerals, vitamins and the crispy part.
Avoid keeping cucumbers near fruits, especially apples, because they release ethylene, which contributes to increasing the bitterness of the cucumber.
To limit the digestive irritations associated with consumption of fiber in large amounts, it is preferable to eat little cucumbers. These has the least pits and pulp is much unripe. If you want to take out the pits you must cut it along its length and remove the center with a teaspoon.
We can reduce the intake of fiber by complete peeling of the cucumber. You must remember, however, that the skin contains the majority of vitamins and minerals. Do not forget to wash it thoroughly.
Here are some recipes with cucumber, that will enrich your collection:
Cucumber salad with peppers- preparation time: 20 minutes (for 4 people).
- 1 Dutch cucumber
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 1 bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 can of corn beans
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Wash all vegetables and herbs. The cucumber is peeled and cut lengthwise, then into small pieces. Remove seeds from peppers and cut lengthwise. Wash the corn beans and cut them as small as you can. Mix in a salad bowl and add the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Sprinkle chopped coriander.
Oven Cucumber- Preparation time: 20 minutes (for 4 people).
- Cooling time: 10 minutes
- 2 firm cucumbers
- 2 eggs
- one slice of fresh goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons of chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees. Wash cucumbers. Cut them lengthwise and remove seeds with a spoon. Crush the cheese in a bowl and mix with eggs. Add basil and olive oil. Add salt and pepper on the cucumbers, then add the goat cheese mixture. Keep it in the oven for 10 minutes. Serve as an aperitif.
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