What am I?
I am a refreshing snack that is known for my cool and crisp nature. I have smooth or bumpy green skin and a watery flesh that is often enjoyed in salads. Sometimes people put me on their eyes to relax! I mostly come green, but also can be yellow and white!
Can you guess what I am?
Where I grow
I grow on the ground on a vine with a yellow flower. I started growing in India and now grow all across the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Americas. I've been an important food for thousands of years.
Farmers have to plant me in the ground by hand. Once I start to grow, they wrap my vine around the nets. Honey bees play an important role in my life, without their pollinating, I wouldn't exist. (In fact, bees are important for most food!)
After I'm picked
I am picked before I'm fully grown, otherwise I would taste bitter, have a lot of seeds, and be yellow. After I'm picked, I am usually washed and trimmed to remove any dirt or blemishes.
I can be eaten raw with my skin on or peeled off. Some people like to slice me up and add me to salads or sandwiches for a refreshing crunch, while others enjoy blending me into refreshing drinks or pickling me. In fact when I'm pickled, I'm called... PICKLES!
Did you guess... Cucumber
Cucumbers can even be used in beauty treatments to soothe and hydrate the skin!
Watch the video to learn more about how it grows.
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