Cucumbers the Magical Pill
Cucumbers the Magical Pill
Cucumbers I feel, are not given all the glory they deserve. They are so much more then fruit, disguised as a vegetable, salad topping, part of a crudités, eye patches in a facial or floating in drinking water at a fancy spa.
Don’t get me wrong, I love all those applications for cucumbers and use them often.
Fun fact: Cucumbers have an amazing capacity to retain water and to remain cool. The interior flesh may be up to twenty degrees cooler than the exterior rind.
Cucumbers are very versatile, cooling to the body and even Ayurveda diets recognize this. In India a cucumber and yogurt blend called raita is like ketchup in the USA. In India the food is really spicy hot, not so much in the states and this is one of the main reasons I order a side of raita (recipe below).
Did you know, cucumbers are amazing for upset and queasy tummies.
I know, the though of eating anything during the time of upset stomach seems wrong but I am here to tell you; IT WORKS AMAZING! And Fast. Whether you ate the wrong thing, over heated from to much sun, have morning sickness or going through the change with crazy hormones and hot flashes. I promise cucumbers are your friend!!
Other benefits you may not know:
Cucumbers are only 5% pantothenic acid aka vitamin B-5 but include that with mushrooms, nuts, seeds, organ meat and lentils it all adds up. Cucumbers are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. At the top of the phytonutrient list for cucumbers are its cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids. What does this all mean? Cucumbers are anti inflammatory, they help build strong cell walls in growth and in healing. Helps fight certain cancers, of course after doing so much research I find most living foods all have a cancer fighting power, this is why plant based diets are so important. Vitamin K in cucumbers help builds red blood cells, strong bones and naturally helps clot blood, making this a very important food for diabetics.
Here are some different cucumbers:
• Slicing cucumbers: are what you probably think of with this fruit: around 8-10 inches long, fat, and full of watery seeds. The skin can be thick and waxed (if you buy it in the grocery store), so they usually require peeling. “Slicing” is a catchall term for tons of varieties. I call these the all American cucumber because they are in every grocery store across the USA.
• Hothouse (English) cucumbers: Most of these varieties originated in Europe, so they’re sometimes called European or English cucumbers. They tend to be thin, smooth-skinned, and 1 to 2 feet in length. The majority are also seedless, or nearly so. For that reason, many people find hothouse cucumbers easier to digest. They’re sometimes called burpless cucumbers. They have a milder flavor than field-grown cucumbers and are usually more expensive because they are grown in hothouses.
• Japanese cucumbers (kyuri): Japanese cucumbers are dark green and slender, with tiny bumps and thin skin. You can eat both the skin and the small seeds. They have a crisp texture and sweet flesh.
• Kirby cucumbers: The vast majority of kirbies grown are turned into commercial dill pickles, but they are also sold fresh. Many cooks prefer kirbies because they are usually unwaxed and have thin skin, crisp flesh, and tiny seeds.
• Lemon cucumbers: About the size of a lemon, with pale lemony skin that turns golden-yellow as the cucumber matures, this cucumber has a very delicate, sweet flavor and crisp texture. I love these in my own garden.
• Persian cucumbers: Similar to the English cucumber, peek of sweetness is 4-6 inches, shorter and compact, Persian cucumbers are crunchy and watery. I love making probiotic pickles with these.
Here are some heathy and truly hydrating drinks for hot summer days and post workouts.
The best cucumber flavor in the water is from the slicing cucumber, please peel first if the skin is waxed or non Organic.
• Just cucumber
• Cucumber and watermelon
• Cucumber and spearmint
• Cucumber and lime
• Cucumber and lemon
• Cucumber with lemon and orange
• Cucumber in coconut water
• Cucumber and cantaloupe (peeled of course)
Speaking of cucumber and lime…this combo also makes AMAZING MARGARITAS.
You can either infuse your tequila with chopped cucumbers, then strain or you can toss a whole chopped English cucumber in a blender with ice, tequila, lime and simple syrup.
Ms Foodies Raita
1. 1/2 cup plain yogurt.
2. 1/2 cup chopped seeded English hothouse cucumber.
3. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro/coriander leaf
4. 2 teaspoons chopped chives.
5. 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander.
6. Squeeze of fresh lemon.
Cut cucumber lengthwise and scoop out seeds with spoon or cut V shape right in the middle.
Place on clean towel or cheese cloth and give a squeeze.
Mix yogurt with lemon juice, herbs and spices, fold in cucumbers.
This goes well with Indian cuisine or grilled meats like lamb and chicken.
I am not trying to treat or cure any person.
Please remember I am not a doctor giving advice or practicing medicine. I am just sharing my life experience and passing along information I have read.