4 times the cucumber came to the rescue

Surprising uses and handy tricks ahead of #DXBCucumberDay

There’s a reason for the saying ‘cool as a cucumber’ – this fruit is the king of refreshing. It’s also low in calories and high in essential nutrients, which makes it a winner in everything from salads and summer drinks to pickles and chilled soup. But its uses don’t end with the edible - there is a surprisingly high number of ways the humble cucumber can come to the rescue. Next time you pick one up, consider the fact that:

  1. Chilled cucumber slices placed over tired eyes work wonders – the combination of vitamin C, caffeic acid and antioxidants soothe irritation and reduce puffiness.
  2. It’s also pretty handy for when you’re out of breath mints. Suck on a slice (seriously) after your next meal – its high water content keeps bad breath at bay.
  3. Move aside Olivia Pope, there’s a new fixer in town – at least where your pen(cil)manship is concerned. Without peeling, use the rubbery skin to smooth out errors made in pencil and crayon. The green way to keep things clean indeed.
  4. Use it instead of cold, hard cash. Well, on #DXBCucumberDay at least. This Wednesday, the 17th of May 2017, is the day to head to Spinneys stores, pick up your bag of cucumbers (give a little love to our new 'Naturally I’mperfect’ range of misshapen fruit and veg, if you like) and head out on the town.

If you still believe the cucumber does what it does best on the lunch or dinner menu, browse our collection of recipes to find the perfect one for you – you can even freeze slices with kiwi rounds to create cute ice lollies (and be the envy of all your friends this summer.