There is a farmer’s market near my house that we do most of our grocery shopping. As you might know if you go to any farmer’s markets, freshness of vegetables and fruits at farmer’s market is quite impressive when comparing to those sold at supermarkets.
At a market, our eyes groove to vivid colors of summer ingredients. Red, green, yellow, orange, deep purple…. Besides many colors that entertain us, every summer ingredient helps us being healthy by playing as a medicinal food.
Due to the nature of summer, we want to get rid of an excessive body temperature from the body. Not by air conditioner. Not by jumping into the water. These are temporary solution to cool down our body. Ideally, we want to do so by just eating ingredients that have a power of cooling our body. This can be a lasting solution, not temporary one during summer.
In terms of cooling down in summer by eating medicinal food, cucumbers are the best! The main ingredient in cucumber is water which occupies 90%. Also, vitamin A, B, C, calcium, potassium, iron, and fiber are in cucumbers.
he most amazing nutrition in cucumbers is, I should say, potassium which promotes our body system to get rid of retained water in the body. Swelling of the body is caused due to excessive sodium inside of the body that doesn’t have an exit to release it. As it is widely known, taking potassium is the best answer to this trouble which mostly women experience. To enhance diuretic effect, eat cucumber in summer and probably drink water before realizing thirstiness so that unnecessary sodium would be released and hypertension would be prevented. What a bonus that cucumbers bring us!
Pyrazine which produces a grassy smell of cucumbers works on preventing blot clots, strokes, and coronary heart diseases. The disgraceful thing to cucumbers, cucumbers are known as “zero nutrient.” Poor cucumbers….
Recently, there was the greatest news to cucumbers coming in. Brilliantly, phospholipase has been found in cucumbers! Phospholipase is one of enzymes which helps lipid breakdown. What a proud news to cucumbers!
(Partial Reference: Wikipedia)
When I eat cucumbers, I just grab it and bite as with skins if they are organic. As I wrote in the beginning, I do the grocery shopping mostly at one of the nearest farmer’s markets. Strolling in the farmer’s market tells me so many things, what vegetables and fruits are in seasons, how farmers planted and harvested them, and the greatest thing is that we can see who made them. This is such a comfort to know who made them and the personal information on farmers makes us feel like we are indirectly friends.
*The orange table cloth with a pink rabbit on it in the first picture is made by my mom. She is an artist and I like the way she used vivid colors which completely link with my image of summer.