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Cucumber

Freeze? No
In season April-October
Store In the fridge
Great source of vitamin K
Half a cucumber part chopped into slices

A popular food in the UK, cucumbers are full of micronutrients and are a staple ingredient for salads and sandwiches. Cucumbers are part of the same family as courgette, pumpkin and watermelon.

How to store

How to store fresh cucumber

Store cucumber in the fridge in its original packaging.

You cannot freeze cucumber

Cucumber is not suitable for freezing. Foods with high water content, like lettuce and cucumber, do not freeze well.

Cucumber Top tips

Eating the whole food

There is no need to peel a cucumber or remove the seeds. Just wash before use.

Be fabulous with leftovers

You can pickle leftover cucumber in just 15 minutes. Mix ribbons or slices with equal measures of caster sugar and white wine vinegar along with your favourite herbs (dill is particuarly good) or spices. This is delicious with fish or for sandwiches.

Buying tips

Buy the right size for your needs. If you don’t or won’t get through a standard-sized cucumber in time, try a smaller one (sometimes called a ‘midi’ cucumber) - if available.

Perfect portions

Use our portion calculator for a quick and simple way to check how much of this food to service at mealtimes.

Valuing your Cucumber beyond the price tag

Goodness in food

Your food is more than its shape, colour and price. Your food has an important role to play to help keep you healthy and with enough energy to live your life how you wish to.

  • A source of vitamin K which the body needs for blood clotting and it helps wounds to heal.
  • They contain several minerals including potassium, helps the heart muscle work properly, and magnesium which helps turn the food we eat into energy.
  • Cucumbers have a high water content so they help to hydrate the body.

Food story

By the time your food arrives in your home, it’s already been on quite a journey starting with how it is made or grown and how your food reaches the supermarket. 

So please help our food to finish its story in the most sustainable way, ensuring the planet’s resources that’s already used are put to good use. Take care of your food when it’s in your home and ensure every edible morsel is eaten - and that your food doesn’t end up in the bin! 

Why not try these delicious recipes to use up Cucumber

If you have veggies coming to your party, they will love these; for a more substantial snack they can also be served in a warmed pitta pocket with chilli sauce and salad.

golden falafel pieces around a bowl of smooth cucumber and yogurt dip