Cucumbers are officially cool: Besides being a refreshing way to beat summer heat, they also contain a surprising amount of important vitamins and minerals. Their flesh contains lots of vitamin C and caffeic acid (which soothes irritated skin and reduces inflammation), and if you buy them unwaxed, you’ll benefit from eating their skin, too – it’s full of fiber, silica, potassium, and magnesium. They’re also a good source of vitamin K, and contain a decent dose of vitamin A and folate. Plus, they’re low-calorie, tasty, inexpensive, and in-season right now.
Check out our gallery of ten cool cucumber recipes so you can reap the full benefits of this nutritious summer vegetable – minus meat, of course. (For recipes, click links below photos in gallery.)