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Cucumbers Are a Summer Harvest Treat

Warm summer days and nights mean cucumbers, and lots of them. Add them to a salad for a nice crunch, enjoy as a simple snack, or pickle for a year-round treat- the possibilities are endless. Sweet and crisp, cucumbers are approximately 95 percent water. We’ve all heard the expression "cool as a cucumber" referring someone calm under pressure, but factually speaking cucumbers have earned their reputation. The inside of a cucumber can be 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, which explains why they are just so refreshing. Cucumbers are members of the gourd family, curcubitaceace, which also includes melons and squash. Originally from India, it’s no wonder they strive and grow in such hot climates.

Growing Your Own

When planning your garden, be sure to select a sunny spot where your cucumbers will receive at least 6 hours of sun each day. Give them plenty of room, unless you plan to use trellises to help plants grow vertically or will be growing dwarf or bush varieties that take up much less space. These are both great options for gardeners with small spaces, container gardens, or for gardeners with large plots who want to devote a little less room to growing cucumbers. In general, cucumbers are not fussy and will grow in most soils if there is good drainage. Before planting, remove debris and loosen the soil, breaking up any clumps that are larger than an apple. Add compost or other organic garden mix to encourage root growth for a healthy plant.

Health Benefits

Not only delicious but, cucumbers also have many health benefits. Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7. B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion, water and fiber. Cucumbers contain potassium, which is associated with lower blood pressure levels. A proper balance of potassium both inside and outside your cells is crucial for your body to function properly.

Prepare for the Healthiest You Can Be!

Hearn Kirkwood is a privately owned food service distributor specializing in fresh produce, meat, poultry, dairy, and fresh seafood in the Baltimore, Washington, and Virginia areas. We have been servicing our valued customers for over 70 years. We are dedicated to providing all of our customers with the freshest products available at competitive prices. For additional information, give us a call at (410) 712-6000 or visit us online. For more fresh and healthy eating ideas, follow us on FacebookTwitterFlickr, and LinkedIn.