Cucumber

Other Names

Garden Cucumber, Apple Cucumber, Pepino, Gherkin, Concombre, Cornichon, Huang Gua, Khira, Gurke, Khira, Огуре́ц обыкнове́нный, Огурец посевно́й, Краставац, Krastavac, Adi xiyar, Almindelig Agurk

Description

The plant is a tropical, fleshy, climbing vine. The leaves are mostly cordate and incised to make five points. Its flowers are golden-yellow and bell-shaped. The fruit is long and cylindrical that’s juicy and fleshy and contains small seeds. Cucumber is used in salads and as a garnish. 

Ingredients

Calcium, Carbohydrates, Sugar, Dietary Fiber, Protein, Fat, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Zinc, Water, Fluoride 

Collection Period

July-September 

Used Parts

Fruit 

Uses

  • Bedsores

  • Burns

  • Chronic constipation

  • Fights tape worms

  • Heart and kidney problems

  • Herpes

  • Inflammation of the throat

  • Intestine problems

  • Kidney and bladder stones

  • Laryngitis

  • Rheumatic problems

  • Skin problems

  • Stomachache

  • Tonsillitis

Properties

Application

Cucumber can be eaten fresh, sliced and tossed into salads. Cucumbers can also be pickled for longer shelf life. The smaller variety of Cucumbers called Kirby or Liberty are grown for pickling. 

Summary

Cucumbers are fleshy fruits that are usually sliced and tossed in salads and used as garnishes. A variety of uses are applied for Cucumber. Medicinally, Cucumber has a cleansing and healing effect on the body, focusing on kidney problems, chronic constipation, rheumatic problems, lung and skin problems and throat problems. 

Side Effects

The root contains a chemical that causes abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy when injected. 

References

  • Encyclopedia of Life, Cucumis sativus: http://eol.org/pages/584402/overview

  • Wikipedia, Cucumber: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber

  • How Stuff Works, Cucumber: http://home.howstuffworks.com/cucumbers.htm

  • Climbers, Cucumis sativus: http://climbers.lsa.umich.edu/?p=252

Cucumber 

Cucumis sativus

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