Cucumber, cultivation and nutritional value
Cucumber is a cultivated plant, widespread in Greece for its use in winter and summer salads. It belongs to the same family as zucchini and melon and there is a wide variety of cucumbers that can be grown and found in the market.
It can be grown all year round, and it is an annual plant. Fruit production is immediate so it can produce large quantities throughout the year. The most important need of the cucumber for proper and fast growth is water and even more important the purity and quality of water, because the largest percentage of its composition is water.
The cucumber has yellow and large flowers, which are male and female. Female flowers create the fruit we receive. Its cultivation in winter is carried out successfully in greenhouses.
It has great nutritional and cosmetic value. Among other things, it contains fiber, vitamins C, B1, B2, B3 & B5, silicon, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, folic acid and iron. The result of all the above, is that its consumption is valuable for the body, as long as it is not a product of cultivation with many pesticides or water of dubious quality.
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