10 Interesting facts about Cucumbers


We love to grow our own cucumbers, they are easy to grow, and they grow reasonably quick and produce great results.  Below are some interesting facts that might persuade you to grow a plant or two.

  1. There are around 50 different varieties. Our favourites are Sweet Crunch, English and Ashley.
  2. The different varieties can be divided into 3 sub categories: Slicing, Pickling and Burpless / Seedless.
  3. The origins of the cucumber are said to be from India around 3000 years ago.
  4. The Cucumber skin contains most of their nutrients, the rest is made up of around 95% water.
  5. The skin of the cucumber contains roughly 1.5 grams of fibre on average per cucumber. This makes for a great way to lower LDL Cholesterol. That’s the bad one.
  6. At a rate of around 15 calories per 100g, its one of the lower calorie vegetables and goes great in dieting and healthy eating.
  7. When pickling in a refrigerator, they are normally ready to eat in 5 days to a week.
  8. Cucumbers are abundant in vitamins and anti-oxidants namely b-carotene, a-carotene, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 B5 & B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and other essential nutrients like Calcium, Magnesium, Iron Potassium and Zinc.
  9. Regular consumption, can help reduce and regulate blood pressure with the help of the fibre, magnesium and potassium found in cucumbers.
  10. The tiny white spikes on the growing cucumbers are called spines. The pickling types tend to have more spikes than the burpless varieties.