Cucumbers and Squash OH MY!
Cucumbers and Squash are in full Texas season and we are thriving! Their flavor is big and bright and rich. These summer veggies are staples on our grocery list year round since we source them from around the country depending on seasonality. So let’s get right to the delicious facts:
Filled with about 95% water cucumbers deliver about 16 calories per cup and small amounts of vitamins A and K. They also add a boost of fiber to your day with 4g per cup so make sure you keep the peel on when you can since it adds benefit! While they are good for eating, they are also used for skin treatments with their cooling and antioxidant properties. There are hundreds of varieties so try a new one the next time you see it!
- When picking a cucumber look for bright, medium-dark green, firm, and slender ones for the best taste
- Store them in the fridge for longer hold times
One cup of zucchini delivers 17 calories, 3g of carbohydrate, and 40% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A which we all know supports vision and immune system function. Like cucumbers, zucchini also boasts a powerful antioxidant capacity with lutein and beta-carotene which have some powerful health benefits
- The first zucchini was born in the 1800s in Italy
- Zucchini can be eaten raw contrary to popular belief (try it in place of cucumbers next time or even thrown on a salad)