Cucumbers are a member of the gourd family, which means they technically belong to the same botanical family as melons and squashes. Though melons and squashes all have a range of good nutrients, this particular gourd doesn’t have as much to offer nutritionally and is mainly known for its low calorie and hydrating properties. However recent research suggests, they offer some anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits as well. Cucumbers can generally be classed into two types: larger cucumbers with thicker skins are ordinarily considered “slicing cucumbers” for eating fresh, and smaller cucumbers with thinner skins are good for “pickling cucumbers”.
Fresh Cucumber and Apple Salad
½ melon (watermelon or cantaloupe)
2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
Peel the cucumbers and apple. Slice the cucumber lengthwise into quarters, and cut into 1 inch pieces; place in large bowl. Cut the apple into similarly sized cubes, and place into the bowl with the cucumber.
Sprinkle with lime juice, chili powder, and a pinch of salt; toss.
Rinse and chop a small amount of cilantro, sprinkle over the salad, and toss to mix it in.
Refrigerate salad until chilled. Best served cool.
Tip: substitute the melon with apple for a seasonal winter salad.