Cucumber

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Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant that bears cylindrical fruits that are used as culinary vegetables. There are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and burpless (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Cucumber allergy is usually not an isolated condition. It is associated with ragweed allergies more often than not with several gourd related allergies being linked together with cucumber as well. The food-pollen syndrome is common if you are unable to eat cucumbers without developing mild to severe allergic symptoms. This occurs due to the fact that the proteins present in the cucumber are very similar to that of the ragout prompting the body to mistakenly identify it as an allergen. This reaction is therefore not very life threatening (fawesome.tv, nd).

Common Uses:

Cucumbers can be sliced or pickled allowing them to be consumed raw or used as an addition to a variety of foods.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per 0.5 cup slices (52 g)

Calories 8
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Polyunsaturated fat 0 g
Monounsaturated fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Potassium 76 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1.9 g 0%
Dietary fiber 0.3 g 1%
Sugar 0.9 g
Protein 0.3 g 0%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 0% Iron 1%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 0%
Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 1%

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