As a member of the squash family, cucumbers are grown to be eaten fresh (sliced cucumbers) or to be pickled (gherkins). The flesh of a cucumber offers a crunchy, cool sensation - possibly the source of the phrase "cool as a cucumber." While they are not antioxidant powerhouses, cucumbers are a low-calorie way to obtain vitamin C and get a little healthy fiber into your diet. When choosing a cucumber, look in the refrigerated area of the produce section as they are sensitive to heat and do best when kept cold. I recommend choosing organic varieties, and peeling commercially grown cucumbers to remove any pesticide residue.
Quick Tip: For a refreshing warm-weather drink, add slices of fresh cucumber to ice water.