The Proper Way to Consume a Cucumber [POLL]
When you grow up on a farm, it's not that weird to eat vegetables and fruit straight from the patch.
I'm proud to say that I was raised as a little country bumpkin in the small town of Westport. I enjoyed eating vegetables and fruits as a kid, but cucumbers were my jam – especially with the skin still attached.
My obsession with cucumbers all began when I was very young. My Vavo had a farm that goes back a few generations in our family, but these days just collects dust. It's quite sad, to be honest.
I loved walking in between the rows of vegetables, admiring the growth and variety. When I got to the cucumbers, I would look for the juiciest one, pick it, wipe off the dirt on my shirt and take a nice big bite, skin and all. It's just how I lived my life and as a fussy-eating kid (believe it or not), at least cucumbers were a healthy item on the shortlist of foods I would eat.
Perhaps it was the crunch or the leathery texture that I was drawn to, but even to this day, I'll continue to eat it just the same.
How can you go wrong with cucumbers? They're full of vitamins and nutrients and can even hydrate you to an extent. Here's a fun fact for you: did you know that cucumbers are actually a fruit? If you didn't know before, you do now.
According to LiveScience.com, "Cucumbers are good sources of phytonutrients (plant chemicals that have protective or disease preventive properties) such flavonoids, lignans and triterpenes, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits."
Although most people prefer the skin peeled before consuming, just know that it's not harmful if you left the skin on and can actually benefit you more than thought.