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Available from Charles Attard's Fruit & Vegetable counter at Arkadia Foodstore Gozo.
Cucumbers are one of the most widely cultivated and consumed vegetables globally. Belonging to the gourd family, cucumbers are prized for their refreshing and crunchy texture, making them a popular addition to salads, sandwiches, and as a garnish in various dishes.
With a high water content of around 95%, cucumbers are a hydrating choice during hot summer months, aiding in maintaining body temperature and supporting overall health. Their low-calorie content and rich nutritional profile make them an excellent choice for those seeking to maintain a balanced diet. Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin C, and various B vitamins, along with essential minerals like potassium and magnesium.
Beyond their culinary uses, cucumbers have been historically valued for their potential health benefits. They are believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties, promote digestion, and aid in weight management. Additionally, cucumber slices are often used for their cooling effect on the eyes, reducing puffiness and soothing irritation.
Cucumbers are remarkably versatile, coming in various shapes, sizes, and colours. Some varieties are best for pickling, while others are ideal for slicing or consuming whole. Whether enjoyed fresh, pickled, or even juiced, cucumbers remain a beloved and nutritious addition to diets worldwide, contributing both flavour and essential nutrients to a range of dishes.
Recipe: Cucumber and Shrimp Salad
Time: 15 mins
- 2 cups cooked shrimp, chopped
- 2 cups diced cucumber
- 1 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and minced
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 tbsp chopped mint
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
A wide variety of quality ingredients for our recipes are available from Arkadia supermarkets in Malta and Gozo, including Arkadia FoodExpress Swatar and Arkadia Food Market Valletta.
1. Place all ingredients in a serving bowl and stir to combine.
2. Season to taste and serve.
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