Saturday, 22 May 2010


WOW!!!!!!! Harvest time again!!!!! This time we harvest cucumber... I guess almost everyone knows what cucumber is.... This is brief introduction of it...

The cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trellises or other supporting frames, wrapping around ribbing with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit.

The fruit is roughly cylindrical, elongated, with tapered ends, and may be as large as 60 cm long and 10 cm in diameter. Cucumbers grown to be eaten fresh (called slicers) and those intended for pickling (called picklers) are similar. Cucumbers are mainly eaten in the unripe green form. The ripe yellow form normally becomes too bitter and sour. Cucumbers are usually over 90% water.

Although we harvest many cucumber but at the moment, the market price is quite cheap... only 40 cent per Kg.. usually it is not like that. The reason for such a cheap price is due to "flooding of cucumber" in the market... and competitive is very very high.

Below are the packing of the cucumber before send to the market. It is separate into Type A; Type B... Type A category is belongs to those with its appearance straight, elongated and look beautiful and smaller in size... while Type B .. can be varies with size and sometimes appear bigger.

Now looks at the health benefit of cucumber to human body:
**Cucumber is best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.
**Helps in kidney and urinary bladder disease.
**Liver disease
**Pancreatic disease
**The potassium content of cucumber makes it highly useful for conditions of high
and low blood pressure.
**Cucumber contains erepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest protein.
**The high silicon and sulphur content of the cucumber is said to promote the
growth of hair, especially when the juice of the cucumber is added to the juice of
carrot, lettuce and spinach.
**A mixture of cucumber juice with carrot juice is said to be beneficial for rheumatic
conditions resulting from excessive uric acid in the body.
**Cucumber juice is also valuable for helping diseases of the teeth, gums, especially
in cases of pyorrhea.
**The high mineral content of this vegetable also helps to prevent splitting of nails of
the fingers and toes.
**Cucumber, radish and bitter gourd are beneficial in diabetes.

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