The cucumber is a plant of the same family as pumpkins, cucurbits. It is a summer vegetable being elongated, approximately 15 cm, and their skin is green, but is becomes yellow as the maturation proceeds goes on. It is a plant widely used in purifying and slimming diets as it is comprised almost entirely of water (95%), while providing very few calories, less than 20 kcal per 100 g.
In addition to the diuretic and cleansing properties, it also provides vitamins, such as vitamin c, b9 and k. Cucumbers are known to alleviate some kidney problems and have anticatarrhal properties thanks to vitamin c. But above all, its most outstanding feature, is its action on skin: cools, hydrates and improves elasticity. The mixture of water and vegetable oils provides an impressive external skin care helping to soften and rehydrate.
It has a very delicate and fresh flavour, so it is very popular to put on salads. However, it is also common to see them in soups, stews and purees. Remarkably, larger sizes cucumbers often have a bitter taste but keep the soft texture.