Cucumbers are 96% water. They age faster when stored for any length of time with tomatoes, melons or apples, and at temperatures over 50 degrees. The cucumber’s smooth skin keeps the water in like a jug. The cucumber's flavour is in their seeds.
Medium sized cucumbers with soft small seeds have better flavour. Botanically cucumbers are classed as fruit. They are one of the oldest vegetables, cultivated for thousands of years in India and parts of Asia. Some people believed that cucumbers were poisonous and they used to scrape their skin with a fork to let the poisons out! Of course, cucumbers are not poisonous.
The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber's high water content makes it naturally hydrating—a must for glowing skin.
Cucumbers are also used topically for various types of skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. Two compounds in cucumbers, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis.
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