Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Amazing Cucumber

Did you know this?
Cucumbers are native to northern India and introduced to the New World by Columbus. Their growing zone is from Mexico to North America. There are several types of cucumbers, eating, English and pickling. All are good for eating. However, if you want to make pickles you need to use pickling cucumbers. Your eating and English cucumbers are too mushy for pickling. Cucumbers are largely water but do contain Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, potassium and are a good source of fiber. Cucumbers are low in calories, sodium,
fat free and perfect for dieters. Besides being a great snack food, cucumbers have non food uses:

  • To prevent your bathroom mirror from fogging up after a shower, rub a cucumber slice along the mirror to eliminate fogging and provide a spa like fragrance.
  • Out of shoe polish – rub a freshly cut cucumber over your shoe for a quick and durable shine that repels water.
  • Out of WD 40 and have a squeaky hinge – rub a cucumber slice along the hinge and the squeak is gone.
  • Need a green way to clean your faucets, sinks and stainless steel – rub slices of cucumber on the surface you want to clean. It removes tarnish, brings back shine and it will not leave streaks or harm your finger nails.
  • Stressed out and need a massage or facial but do not have time – cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a pot of boiling water. The chemical and nutrients react with the boiling water and the steam creates a soothing and relaxing aroma. 

Enjoy fat free eating and all the other uses you can make with cucumbers.