The weather is extremely hot here in South Texas and had hit 105 degrees for a couple of days. The heat index towered over 110 degrees.
I am happy to report that our beloved Cucumbers secretly said to Mother Nature...Bring it On! They have no fear of the heat and continue to produce at record speed!
Cucumbers are by far one of my favorite plants to grow and eat. The "Cukes" are hanging in there quite nicely, despite the heat, thus making them one of my hero's when it comes to heat tolerant plants.
Since starting our garden, I try to learn about the plants I grow along the way. I did not know much about the Cucumbers origin or their history per say. I thought I would do a little research and share what I have learned about them.
We have had our cup running over with Cucumbers. We have been happy to share with our neighbors. We gave one friend some Cucumbers and she graciously made us a German Cucumber salad. It was so delicious! Please check out the recipe down below.
History of the Cucumber
The Cucumber is a creeping vine that will root in the ground and grow up a supporting trellis, fence, actually anything it can attach too. It has these little tendrils that attach to what ever it can. It can also grow along the ground. It has large green leaves that can add a canopy over other fruits and vegetables. A Cucumber is about 95 % water.
The Cucumbers are low in calorie and contains many nutritional benefits.
These fruits not only hydrate our bodies, but contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-cancer benefits. This makes it one of the most healthiest foods to consume.
Cucumbers are actually a fruit, which means they grow from ovaries of flowering plants. They are part of the Squash and Melon family.
The "EnvironmentalWorking Group" placed Cucumbers on their dirty dozen list because of the pesticide residues found on the crop.
It also has a wax finish that is placed on the Cucumbers to keep them fresh in our grocery stores.
I find it best to buy organic in my opinion or grow your own. They are so easy to grow and have the potential to give one an abundance of Cucumbers.
If you did not know...Cucumbers give us our pickles! Pickling preservers
Cucumbers. Need I say more?
Pickles are awesome!
Cucumber Salad Recipe
2 large cucumbers, sliced thin
1/2 onion, sliced thin (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons white sugar 2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon dried dill 1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 teaspoon paprika
*You can leave the skins on if you like.
It is important to marinate for a several hours for the best taste in my opinon.*
Please check out the informative video below.
Roy and Kimmie