Cucumber (fruit)

Cucumbers are the fruit of the Cucumis sativus herbaceous plant. Cucumbers are a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium, and a good source of vitamin A, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. A half-cup of unpeeled fresh cucumber is just 8 calories and provides 2% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C ( The percent DV on a Nutrition Facts label indicates how much a nutrient contributes to a healthy adult’s daily recommended intake based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Cucumbers have been used traditionally to support healthy gastrointestinal and respiratory function1. They are a popular vegetable crop and have been used in Indian traditional medicine since ancient times for numerous purposes, including cleansing1,2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Li TSC. Vegetables and Fruits: Nutritional and Therapuetic Values. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press, 2006.
  2. Mukherjee PK, Nema NK, Maity N, Sarkar BK. Phytochemical and therapeutic potential of cucumber. Fitoterapia. 2013;84:227-236.