It is a creeping plant of the cucurbitaceae family probably originating in India and widely cutivated for its fruit. It is a tender annual with a rough, succulent railing stem and hairy leaves with 3 to 5 pointed lobes; the stem bears branched tendrils, by which the plant creeps through the supports.
The food value of cucumber is low; but it is popular for salads and relishes. Fresh cucumber should be firm, well-shaped and bright green in colour. They may be kept in refrigerated storage for about 2 weeks.
It is a very favourite fruit during hot summer months as it keeps the body cool and calm. It subsides pitta (bile) and aids digestion. It prevents sun-stroke, heat stroke and allergy. It quenches thirst.
Benefit and uses of Cucumber.
1.Cucumber is a great folk medicine used to reduce heat and inflammation.
2.Cucumber is in helping to heal a range of illnesses – including lung, stomach and chest problem, gout, arthritis and tapeworm.
3.It makes it useful in maintaining the alkalinity of the blood.
4.Cucumber’s benefits include natural salts, enzymes, and vitamins essential for strong cell growth and repair.
5.Cucumber facial is powerful and can bring great results for your skin.
6.It is cools and heals sunburns and windburns.
7.Cucumber has been used externally for minor burns, sore eyes and conjunctivitis.