The humble cucumber - is it a fruit or
a vegetable? Most people would generally
consider the cucumber as a vegetable. But
by biological and scientific definition,
it is a fruit.
Cucumbers have enclosed seeds, and they
develop from a flower. But due to their
slightly sour and occasionally bitter flavour,
cucumbers are prepared and eaten as vegetables.
Even in the supermarket, you will find cucumbers
in the vegetable section rather than the
fruits corner. This reinforces the general
assumption that the cucumber is a vegetable.
The cucumber is a source of vitamin
A, the B vitamins (B6
or pyridoxine, B1
or thiamine, folate,
or pantothenic acid), vitamin
100 grams of cucumber provides about 8
percent RDA of vitamin
C, 6 per cent RDA of vitamin
A, 7 per cent RDA of molybdenum,
and less than 5 per cent of all the other
Cucumbers can be eaten raw or cooked. However,
cooking a cucumber will significantly lower
their nutrient value.
Some of the health benefits of
Because the flesh of the cucumbers is primarily
water, and the highest nutrient is vitamin
C. This helps soothe skin irritations,
and may help to reduce swelling. Cucumbers
also have moisture binding, moisture regulating
properties. All these skin beneficial properties
are especially good for the eyes.