Feeling a little hot this time of year? Cucumbers can help keep you “cool as a cucumber” during summer because they’re actually 95% water, which can help you stay well hydrated during the dog days of summer. Cucumbers are easy to grow and do quite well here in Minnesota, with lots of cucumber varieties to choose from such as straight eight cucumbers and many others that you can choose when purchasing cucumber seeds.

How do I pick and choose cucumbers?

Whether you are growing cucumbers or choosing cucumbers at your local market,  look for those with bright skin and no yellowing or blemishes. Avoid cucumbers that look wilted or have spoiled areas. Smaller cucumbers tend to be crisper and have smaller seeds, making them a favorite for kids.

How do you store cucumbers?

What’s the best way to store cucumbers? According to the UC Davis Post Harvest Technology website, you should store cucumbers at room temperature and keep them away from bananas, melons, and tomatoes, which give off ethylene, causing accelerated yellowing and decay. Cucumbers are sensitive to the cold and should only be stored for 1 to 3 days in the refrigerator, if needed.

Are cucumbers healthy?

Cucumber’s high water and fiber content makes them a very satisfying food. Cucumbers are also a good source of potassium, magnesium and some B Vitamins, making them healthy for your heart. Cucumbers can be peeled or eaten with the peels on which provides even more fiber and nutrients.

How to cook with cucumbers?

Cucumbers always make a great addition to salads and smoothies, but one of my favorite things to do when cucumbers are in season is to freeze them as pickles. This delicious freezer sweet pickle recipe, unlike other pickle recipes, will last for several months in the freezer and thaw out crispy and fresh tasting every time! Best of all, it’s super easy!


Crispy freezer pickles
Author: A Nutritious Dish© | Jennifer M Wood, MS, RDN
  • 6 or 7 cups sliced cucumbers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup diced green peppers
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 1 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  1. In a large bowl mix all ingredients and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend.
  3. Fill freezer containers, label, date and freeze until ready to use.