Cucumbers Impersonating Lemons??

Lemon Cucumbers.  Hybrids or are they just wearing a cheap disguise?  Turns out it’s just a dress up act.  They are a cucumber at the core, a little sweeter and less bitter than their cousins, but no relations to a lemon.  It’s just their shape and coloring that gave way to their moniker.

lemon-cukeYou can use lemon cucumbers the same as you would any other variety, they are good on their own or on top of a salad or sandwich, I especially like them for making cucumber water.  What, you wouldn’t think of “wasting” a cucumber in water?  Hear me out and give it a try the next time you are really thirsty.  I challenge you to find a more refreshing and a nutritious way to re-hydrate your body!

There are plenty of different methods to create cucumber water.  One method is to blend a cucumber and then strain it overnight through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag into a container in the refrigerator.  Too much work for me.

There are also these newfangled flavor infuser bottles you can buy that keep the fruit separated from the water.  Nah, too high tech.

cuke-waterThe simple way:  Thoroughly wash and slice up 1 or 2 lemon cucumbers and plop them in 2 quarts of water and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.  If you don’t want the slices floating around in there, you can remove them and serve them in a salad or put them on your eyes and pretend you’re lounging in a swanky spa while you drink the cucumber water.  You can also slice up some lemons and/or oranges, add some mint or sliced strawberries to create different flavor combinations.

As soon as the cucumber is added to the water, some of its nutrients will be absorbed into the water. Cucumbers have natural anti-inflammatory properties and act as a diuretic helping to combat water retention. They contain silica, an essential component of healthy connective tissue.  With two powerful antioxidants – Vitamin C and caffeic acid – cucumbers help protect your skin from sun damage. The Vitamin C boosts collagen and elastin production, which will keep skin looking younger and the caffeic acid helps protect skin cells from UV radiation.