Stay Cucumber Cool This Summer In Harlem

cucumber coolJustFood who brings fresh veggies to Harlem writes, did you know that the insides of cucumbers can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the air around them? No wonder this crisp veggie is refreshing on a hot July day in Harlem or Hollywood!

Low in calories (half a cup contains only 8 calories) and high in fiber, it’s also a terrific choice for a healthy diet.

If you want to experiment with cucumbers beyond adding them to the classic tossed salad, here are some easy recipes that require only a few ingredients:

  • Finely chopped or grated, they can be combined with yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and dill to make the delicious Greek sauce Tzatziki.
  • If you don’t have Greek yogurt, just strain some plain regular yogurt for a few hours, using a cheese cloth or a basket-style coffee filter.
  • Serve Tzatziki with bread, grilled meat, roasted peppers, or other veggies.
  • For a simple, quick cucumber salad, just add salt and pepper, vinegar, and dill or basil to taste.
  • To hang onto your cukes a while longer and to add some tang, consider pickling them with carrots and onions. These pickles can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

You can refrigerate uncooked, unpickled cucumbers for up to one week, wrapped in a plastic bag. Supermarket cucumbers are often covered in wax. All you need to do is rinse them–no peeling required–and enjoy the crunchy goodness.

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