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Choose firm cucumbers with smooth, bright skins and no signs of shriveling or soft spots. Refrigerate in a plastic bag with holes poked in it for up to five days.
Wash just before using. Don’t waste time peeling unless the cucumber is waxed. For more flavor, score the skin with a fork before slicing. Remove the seeds from large cucumbers since the seeds become bitter over time.
Add cucumbers to any tossed salad, or combine slices with thinly sliced red onion, fat-free yogurt, and fresh dill.
Whip up fresh pickles for your next picnic or barbecue: Slice pickles and combine with water, vinegar, and a little salt.
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The information presented in the Food Guide is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2014.