Cucumber - keeraikkai as it is called in Tamil is a vegetable green colour and short in height. This vegetable is widely used in Summer season because of its high water content. This is a best bet during those thirsty days . It is vegetable that is so friendly with all and go well in dal, sambhar, salads, raita and a chutney too.
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Apart from kitchen, this cool cucumber is highly welcomed in salons and wide range of beauty products are manufactured with cucumber. Simply peel the skin and cut into rounds and place it on your eyes, feel the magic of freshness.
Cucumber juice is used as a medicine and many reap abundant benefits with this green produce. This culinary vegetable is a warm season crop and grows best at a temperature of 18-24 QC. It does not withstand frost. Cucumber can be grown in all types of soil from sandy to heavy soil. Loam, silt loam and clay loam soils are best for getting higher yield.
Generally cucumber is available in three varieties in South India. yellow, white and green. Tender cucumbers are slit in the middle and a dash of masala is added and eaten raw. It is usually sold in road side stalls, parks and beaches.
Yellow cucumber are made into slices and used in dals as they carry less amount of water when compared to the green cucumbers. Green and white cucumbers are grated and as well as sliced to include in the desired form in the recipe.
People of all age groups normally love eating cucumber raw rather than being cooked. It is about 95% water, small amounts of Vitamin A &K. A phytonutrient called Lignan is present in it. Consuming cucumber prevents dehydration and along with other benefits.
Eating just one cucumber a day can be great! It mostly contains water. So, even if you were to eat more than one, it won't cause any harm. In fact, it will keep you full and help you avoid reaching out for any junk food,” said nutritionist Manisha Chopra.
So, Go and grab cucumber as and when you like.