Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the cucumber

Every single day in his lunch, Abbott likes to take cucumber slices. A relative just sent me the information below about cucumbers (thanks Ed!); I had no idea it is such a powerhouse food.

"Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium,Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.."

(Unfortunately the source wasn't cited in the email, so I can't properly give credit.)

It's been a wet, windy week so far in Seattle. How are things in your part of the world?


Purple Flowers said...

I've always liked "cukes" and they have a high water content; very cold and refreshing. As a snack, I sometimes will dip them in lightly grained mustard - delicious.

The weather here is unseasonably warm for November. My neighbors still have some roses left on their rose bushes. Pink and yellow, fond memories of summer. :)

Barbara said...

I just knew there had to be a reason I loved cucumbers! If you place slices over your eyes when you are tired- it actually helps.

trinsch said...

oi! cucumber is the one veggie that my boys seem to have agreed they just won't touch (usually they like to divide what they don't eat between them to make it harder for me to cook ;). and it has been bugging me because it's such a great snack when it's as hot as it is here in the summer. with this info in mind i think i'll have to give it a go again. to see if i can somehow convince them that it's a yummy snack.

pve design said...

Growing up, I learned to make the most wonderful spread for tea sandwiches,
1 cucumber chopped
1 square of cream cheese
worcestershire sauce a splash
lemon, a squirt
salt, a dash
mix and serve on your choice of bread.
we would cut off the crusts....
stunning photo!!!

alice c said...

This would explain why my son was able to live solely on milk and cucumber for 3 months with no noticeable ill effects.

Cate said...

this is so great, lecia. when you find the source, could you please send it along? my friend was just saying all summer how worthless cukes were. i didn't know their vitamin make up but hated to hear them talked badly about.


and that last picture is insanely gorgeous. wow.

Kwana said...

Thanks for the cucumber info! Decent weather over her in NY. 50's and no rain today.

Ruth said...

Here in the Northeast it's been sunny and warm--as soon as the work week started! All weekend it was cold, windy and rainy :(

I'm actually in the process of applying to grad school at the University of Washington--and everyone warns me of the Pacific Northwest weather! It's not really as bad as everyone says it is, is it??

Francesca said...

So many things for one vegetable! It's lovely here, golden sun, and organge, yellow and red leaves!

montague said...

thankfully still pretty warm and sunny this week!
i love cucumbers. and if you can get your hands on some 'persian' cucumbers... yum! i highly recommend them!

Elizabeth said...

in the summer cucumber slices in water is my drink of choice, its sooo refreshing!

nicola@which name? said...

my kids love them, too. i didn't realize this, either! thanks for sharing!

Michael Mattison said...

I love life over here in Europe, but there's nothing like home sweet home! Thanks for sharing your pix of Seattle, where even a slate-gray day can be bliss. Looking forward to my next visit back home.

Deb_in_oz said...

thanks for the info. My daughter loves cucumbers (with the skin) and I never knew they had such a great range of nutrients (thought they were just water)

KPiep said...

Who knew!?

Our favorite way to eat cukes is with fresh, homemade hummus. Yum.

Things are definitly looking up here. Thank you so much for all of your well wishes!

mina said...

i love the last photo - gorgeous.