August 21, 2005

Cool as a cucumber

Cucumber - the long fruit with a green rind and firm white flesh, gathered before fully mature and used in many salads or preserved as pickles. Cucumbers contain 5 calories per ounce and only very small amounts of nutrients. Some cultivars have significantly higher levels of vitamins A and C, but levels do not approach those of more nutrient-dense vegetables such as carrots and spinach. Pickles are more nutritious than fresh cucumbers because dill is added to the brine. Crop profile - Read more.