Crunchy, cooling and ever-so delightful, cucumber is an essential part of our summer diet. From sandwiches to salads and dips, the versatile veggie can be show-stealer wherever you put it in. Belonging to the gourd family, cucumber is scientifically known as Cucumis sativus. The water-rich veggie originally hails from south Asia, but is now cultivated across many continents. Since it is the ultimate cooling food, it is used in many summer recipes. Cucumbers are best consumed raw. Cucumber is a powerhouse of minerals, vitamins and electrolytes. Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach, Shilpa Arora says, “Cucumber is packed with nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, silica, calcium and zinc.” So, here are a few cucumber nutrition facts that you may not have known.