There are three main varieties of cucumbers:
Cucumbers are available all year with best availability in summer and autumn.
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The flesh of the cucumber is mostly water, but also contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling–these acids prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.
When buying cucumbers choose those that are firm, fresh and with good green colour (with the exception of apple and white varieties). The shade of the colour is important. A deep green colour assures the buyer that the cucumbers have recently come from the vine, whilst a dull green or yellow colour indicates age. The stem end of the cucumber should be firm, thus indicating its freshness. Poor quality is obvious when the skin has a decided give when pressure is lightly applied.
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fibre.
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