Nebraska Farm to Early Care and Education Toolkit

Cucumbers

Sliced cucumber

Cucumber Fun Facts

  • Originated in East Asia and have been harvested for over 3,000 years.
  • Belong to the Cucurbitaceae family which also includes melons and squash.
  • Grow up to 2 feet long.
  • The term “Cool as a cucumber” is scientifically based. The inside of a cucumber can be as much as 20 degrees cooler than the external temperature.
  • The United States consumes 1.6 million tons of cucumbers annually.
  • Cucumbers are 95% water making them great for hydration and contain only 13 calories per cup.
  • The gestation period from planting to harvest takes 8 to 12 weeks depending on the variety.
  • Cucumbers can be grown in hydroponic gardens without soil.
  • One cucumber contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and Folic Acid. As well as Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc

Resources:

Apeel: 10 Fun Cucumber Facts. https://www.apeel.com/blog/10-fun-cucumber-facts

Love My Salad: Cucumber Fun Facts. https://www.lovemysalad.com/blog/cucumber-fun-facts

Mr. Plant Geek: 20 totally Cool Facts About Cucumbers! https://mrplantgeek.com/2017/06/03/20-cool-facts-about-the-cucumber/

 

Cucumbers Purchasing and Storage

There are generally two basic types of cucumbers: slicing varieties and pickling varieties. Choose cucumbers that are slender, firm, dense, and dark green in color. Avoid cucumbers that are soft, shriveled, or wrinkled. Over ripe cucumbers are generally larger in the middle, have large seeds, and the skins are lighter in color; they will not yield a good flavor and may have a bitter taste.

Store unwashed cucumbers in the refrigerator crisper or in a plastic bag for up to one week. Wash under cold water before using. Sliced cucumbers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Visit the Nebraska Harvest of the Month page for free downloadable educational materials including posters, newsletters, coloring sheets, recipes and more.

Resources:

USDA SNAP-Ed Connection: Cucumbers https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/resources/nutrition-education-materials/seasonal-produce-guide/cucumbers

Bulletin #4252: Vegetables and Fruits for Health: Cucumbers. https://recipes.net/articles/how-to-cut-cucumber-spears/

Have a Plant: Cucumber. https://fruitsandveggies.org/fruits-and-veggies/cucumber/

Recipes

Dill Honey-Mustard Chicken Salad Pita Recipe | SELF

Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie

Cucumber Basil and Watermelon Salad

Cucumber Cottage Cheese Toast

How to Cut Cucumber Spears

Corn Cucumber Salad

Fresh Veggie Wraps

Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie

Egg Salad Cucumber Boat

Grilled Chile-lime Fish Tacos with Cucumber Mango Salsa

Mango Cucumber Salsa

Mango Cucumber Fruit Kabobs

Curriculum

Lesson Plans and Activities

Early Care and Education Nebraska Crunch Off Resource Guide

Updated May 20, 2024 9:27am