Food – The Living Cucumber

A beneficial way to build your body with live foods is by incorporating into your diet as many raw foods each day as you can and include the wonderful cucumber. Consider the following:

Cucumbers, like watermelons, are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated and the inner temperature regulated. They are also effective in assisting the body to flush out toxins.

Cucumber skin contains a high amount of vitamin C, which is about 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance so leave on as much as possible. If you do like your cucumbers peeled, the skin has other qualities. It can be used to relieve sunburn and mild skin irritations with an affect similar to that of aloe vera. There are some research indications that cucumbers can even stimulate hair growth. Herbalists recommend cucumber juice to reduce puffiness around the eyes and to calm down acne.

Cucumbers can either relieve acid indigestion and heartburn or cause it, depending on the individual. They are a good source of dietary fiber.

Cucumber History

Cucumber plants naturally thrive in both temperate and tropical environments, and generally require temperatures between 60–90°F (15–33°C). For this reason, they are native to many regions of the world. The first cucumbers were likely to have originated in Western Asia (and perhaps more specifically in India) or parts of the Middle East. Cucumbers are mentioned in the legend of Gilgamesh—a Uruk king who lived around 2500 B.C. in what is now called Iraq and Kuwait. It was approximately 3,300 years later when cucumber cultivation spread to parts of Europe, including France. And it was not until the time of the European colonists that cucumbers finally appeared in North America in the 1500s.

Today, the states of Florida and California are able to provide U.S. consumers with fresh cucumbers for most of the year (from March through November). Imported cucumbers from Mexico are commonly found in groceries during the winter months of December, January, and February. In California alone, about 6,600 acres are planted with slicing cucumber varieties and 4,400 with pickling cucumbers. Worldwide, China is by far the largest producer of cucumbers, and provides about two-thirds of the global supply. Iran, Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, the Ukraine, Japan, Indonesia, and the U.S. all participate in the world cucumber market, with an especially high number of exports coming from Iran, Mexico, and Spain. Annual production of cucumbers worldwide is approximately 84 billion pounds.