Cucumber The Superfood

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Offline Hampalong

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Cucumber the Superfood
« on: May 26, 2018, 12:07:35 AM »
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Well I never knew. I tell people to feed courgette because cucumber is "not all that nutritious". How wrong I've been. It's a god damn Superfood!! No wonder fish love it.
And we should too. Lots of other handy uses aswell...

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2018, 07:58:01 AM »
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Well I quite enjoyed that... the summary of the article seems to be rub cucumber on every available surface. I have images of cleaning cupboards being replaced with mini fridges all over the country and mail order next day delivery cucumbers...  they will soon evolve and take over the world!

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2018, 12:31:39 PM »
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It's a good job fish aren't like me - I can't stand cucumber, the taste or the smell. If I buy a salad sandwich the first thing I do is remove the cucumber  ;D

Tip #4 looks interesting though, and if it's outdoors I won't have to smell it  :)

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2018, 05:32:09 PM »
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I'm with Sue on the cucumber question...  Once left a chunk of cucumber in the veggie draw of the fridge for far too long - it turned into the most fowl smelling liquid you can imagine...!!!  Horrid stuff...!!!  :vcross:

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2018, 05:46:02 PM »
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Ahhh yes but the draw never steamed up again, and has visibly less cellulite!

I must admit Mrs Matt is with you on the smell and taste etc.

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2018, 06:11:26 PM »
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I'm not sure you were all that wrong, @Hampalong. Not sure about the quality of the source. However, I've had a hunt around and, although not convinced about the reputation of the source either (nutritiondata.self.com), I've had a look at courgette .v. cucumber nutritional value comparisons. NB. They refer to amounts per cup or half cup, which of course is much more than a human (or fish) would eat. Based on equal quantities of a cup, though, then:
vit.A, in IUs: courgette (248); cucumber (109) - courgette more nutritious.
vit.C in mgs: courgette (21.1); cucumber (3) - courgette more nutritious.
vit.K in mcgs: courgette (5.3); cucumber (17) - cucumber more nutritious.
folate in mcgs: courgette (36.0); cucumber (7.2) - courgette more nutritious.
calcium in mgs: courgette (18.6); cucumber (16.6) - courgette slightly more nutritious.
magnesium in mgs: courgette (21.1); cucumber (13.6) - courgette more nutritious.
phosphate in mgs: courgette (47.1); cucumber (25) - courgette more nutritious.
potassium in mgs: courgette (325); cucumber (152.8) - courgette more nutritious.
sodium in mgs: courgette (12.4); cucumber (2.0) - courgette higher value.

Hope that's helpful - although not sure how much different species of fish need these vits and minerals!  :fishy1:

Edited to add: although I eat it regularly, I didn't think cucumber had a smell at all - but then remembered what I considered a delicious smell and taste when I first tried it in a glass of water. So I'm afraid I'm in the other camp from Sue, Top Cookie and Mrs Matt.

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2018, 11:47:57 PM »
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They refer to amounts per cup or half cup, which of course is much more than a human (or fish) would eat...

I'm not a human (or a fish). I could eat a whole cucumber very easily. Without the skin of course, that's very bitter. Love em. A salad isn't a salad without it.

Re sandwiches, I have to take the tomatoes out... horrible things, although I can eat meals that use them as an ingredient, and I love tomato sauce.

Thanks for the extra research fcmf, nice to know I wasn't as wrong as I thought I was.

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2018, 10:28:13 AM »
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I like tomatoes  :)

I grow them, 2 in the greenhouse in case the weather is awful, and 2 in the garden in case the greenhouse ones get attacked by bugs. I have just been in the garden potting the greenhouse pair into their final pots; the garden pair will be planted out in the next few days. Gardener's Delight are so much tastier than supermarket tomatoes  ;D

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2018, 03:25:18 PM »
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+1 for good home grown tomatoes...   :D

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Re: Cucumber the Superfood
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2018, 09:15:09 AM »
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I also grow cucumbers in a grow house. Very popular in the river tank.
This is the first year I'm going to try some tomatoes outside, as they are usually in a growhouse too.

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