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The cucumber: Not so simple

The period in a country when there is little news (often the period when its government is on holiday) is called the “silly season” and in many countries this time period carries a reference to cucumbers, like komkommertijd in Dutch, agurketid in Danish, gúrkutíð in Icelandic, agurktid in Norwegian, Sauregurkenzeit in German and many other languages, all meaning “cucumber time” or “cucumber season”.

Well, have we got news for you: cucumbers aren’t silly at all. They’re amazingly healthy! They are refreshing, nutritious and an incredibly versatile addition to any diet. They are low in calories, contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as high water content. In addition, the fruit contains several beneficial compounds such as lignans, cucurbitacins, flavonoids and terpenoids, all associated with potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.

But did you know that cucumbers come in many types? For example, there are pickling, slicing, and even “burpless” cucumbers. European Seed wanted to know more about this interesting crop and spoke with a number of experts for their insights.

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