Cucumber is one of the most versatile crops out there. Though prepared and eaten as a vegetable, cucumber is, botanically speaking, really a fruit. In South Asia where it is believed to have originated, cucumber is eaten raw or as naturally fermented pickles, or cooked as part of a traditional thick legume stew made from peas, lentils or beans. In the United States, cucumber is incorporated in practically all types of food preparations – from garnishing, to salads, to sandwiches, to dips. Though grown locally and available throughout the year, eating cucumber in reasonable amounts is still advised.
Continue reading and discover more about the pros and cons of cucumber and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends moderate use of this vegetable.