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Saturday
May222010

A Note on Cucumbers

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.

Try Cold Cucumber Soup or Cucumber Raita - two tasty dishes!

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Reader Comments (3)

Dr Weil VERTIGO TREATMENT
I have a treatment for you. Its natural and doesnt involve any medicine.
When experiencing vertigo, I was advised by an old ( read experienced) physician to sit on my bed and throw myself to the right and wait til everything stops spinning and then throw myself to the left and wait. If you do this two or three times a day, the inner ear equilibrium will be reset. My vertigo seems to come with sinus infections and I do this whenever I need it. IT WORKS

May 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarol M

Thanks for sharing your tip.

You can also make a middle eastern dish called Jajik with fresh cucumber and yogurt.
Mix 8 oz. of plain yogurt with 1/4 cup cold water or milk. Beat until soupy. Add 1 large cucumber chopped (with or without skins and seeds according to your preference), and 1-2 cloves of minced fresh garlic. Garnish with a tsp. of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of mint. Very refreshing and nutritious.

May 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuzy Staywell
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