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Scientific Binomial Name: Cucumis sativus
Salads, sandwiches or on vegetable platters.
Also called a garden cucumber, good quality cucumbers are an even dark-green color, firm and relatively thin but can be either long or short.
Avoid cucumbers that are soft, yellow or wrinkled on the ends. Huge fat cucumbers may be full of large seeds and bitter.
Unwashed cucumbers should be placed in a perforated plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator.
In general, vegetables will not ripen further after harvest.
Cucumbers are low in Saturated Fat, awith very little Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Vitamin A, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Manganese, and a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Potassium.
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The cucumber is originally from India where it has been cultivated for over 3,000 years. There is a reference to people eating cucumbers in the ancient story of Gilgamesh.
From India, the cucumber spread to Greece, then Italy where became favored by the Romans, and it eventially appeared in China
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