In Season Now: Cucumber

Why we love them: Cucumbers are a crunchy and refreshing summer vegetable that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. One of their many benefits is boosting hydration, which is important on hot summer days. Plus, the low calorie count and healthy fiber makes these a perfect snacking option.

How to choose them: Look for firm cucumbers without soft spots or brown blemishes or wrinkled ends. Depending on the variety, a ripe cucumber should be a vibrant green color without much yellow. They should not be slimy or sticky to the touch.

How to store them: Wash and dry cucumbers before storing them. They should not be kept in a moist environment, and need to be dried thoroughly. Once they are totally dry, wrap them in a tea towel, and place in an open bag in the fridge. Keep the bag in the warmest part of the fridge, as cucumbers are sensitive to temperatures below 50ºF and can become soft and soggy.

Delicious ways to use them: There are a number of ways to eat cucumbers. Since they have a high water content, eating them raw is the best way to incorporate them into meals and snacks. They can be sliced into rounds to use to dip in hummus, added to salads and slaws, and even made into a cool, refreshing soup!

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