The cucumber is the fruit of a herbaceous plant whose botanical name is Cucumis ssp. Please browse this page to get the cucumber coloring pictures to print. Happy coloring.
It belongs to the Cucurbit family, such as watermelon or melon and other vegetables such as pumpkin and zucchini.
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It has an elongated shape that becomes rounded at both ends, usually reaching 15-25 cm in length and 5 in diameter (except for gherkins that are eaten in pickles and reach a maximum of 15 cm in length).
They usually weigh between 30 and 200 grams, depending on the variety. It has green skin with slight yellowish tones at its ends and contains a whitish flesh or pulp in the center of which are the seeds.
It stands out in the food industry as a fresh product, with a somewhat stale taste (similar to unripe melons) but which combines perfectly with countless salads made from ingredients from the orchard or the countryside.
Several factors determine the classification of cucumber varieties, although the most generalized one mentions its shape and size, standing out:
Short cucumbers or gherkins (Spanish type) The size is less than 15 cm. present green tones with yellow-white stripes. They are widely used for making pickles.
Medium-long (French type). They reach 20-25 cm, their skin may contain thorns or be smooth. Long (Dutch type). 25 cm long with smooth skin that may show some grooves.
Due to their low carbohydrate content, making them an ideal food in weight-regulating diets, combined with many vegetables in the preparation of fresh summer salads.
Among the substances that can be beneficial to the body is a large amount of fiber, as well as vitamins of groups C, A, E, and B.
These are essential for sight, the perfect condition of the skin, hair, mucous membranes or bones, as well as the regular functioning of the immune system, the production of red and white blood cells, or the formation of antibodies of the immune system.
Specifically, vitamin E intervenes in the stability of blood cells and fertility; vitamin C has an antioxidant action, collaborating in the creation of collagen, bones, teeth, increasing resistance to infection, and iron absorption.
Minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium are also present in the composition of cucumbers, although in smaller quantities than in other vegetables.
Their properties are necessary for the transmission and generation of the nervous impulse, the muscular activity, or the balance of the water in the cell.
At the same time, the richness in potassium and the low figures in sodium give it a diuretic action, depurative for the organism.
It is also favoring the ailments that hypertension, gout, renal stones, liquid retention, and oliguria entail. Especially the magnesium intervenes in the functioning of the intestine as it has a mild laxative effect.