Green cucumbers are a popular variety of spined cucumbers that are consumed as salads in every Indian home. Packed with vitamins and minerals, they are a great option for cooling down the body and increasing hydration owing to its water content. Excellent diet food option, these members of the watermelon family have good fibre content.
Requirements for growing Cucumber plant
Where to grow
Time till harvest
Sowing and planting procedure
Sow the seeds 0.5 cm deep in seedling tray, water everyday to keep the soil moist.
Space the seedlings at 90cm by 90cm.
Germination will take place in 6-8 days
Harvest the fresh cucumber in 40-50 days from sowing.
Health Benefits of Cucumber
A great 4 pm snack on its own or with some seasoning, they also make a great addition to sprout salad. Extremely low calorie count and made up of approximately 96% water, cucumbers are a great source of hydration in those hot summer months. They are also rich in antioxidants like flavonoids and tannins which will help keep chronic diseases at bay. Cucumbers are also a great addition to your skin care regime and chilled cucumber slices reduce puffiness and swelling.
One cup of raw cucumber contains approximately 19 calories. Despite of being so low in calories, it packs a punch when it comes to nutrients. Cucumbers are a great source of fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, Magnesium and Manganese. Cucumbers when home grown, pesticide free and eaten with their peels are more nutrient dense.