Cucumbers are a member of the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family, closely related to pumpkins, squash and melons. Lebanese cucumbers are a popular variety grown and sold in Australia, and are characteristically dark green & small (around 10 cm), with smooth edible skin and few seeds.
Cucumbers are delicious and refreshing, making a perfect snack accompaniment to hummus and crackers. If you’re feeling creative, try dicing them finely and mixing with crushed garlic, yoghurt and lemon for a fresh tzatziki. Or, try your hand at home-made pickles!
Cucumbers are rich in vitamin K and molybdenum.
Store cucumbers in the crisper section of your fridge, and use within five days of buying them. If you do not use an entire cucumber in one go, place the remainder in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator, to prevent it drying out.