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  • Nash's Cucumbers
  • The ancients thought cucumbers could protect against deadly insects and snakes. They may not actually have those properties, but they are rich in minerals and act as a natural diuretic. They also contain an enzyme called erepsin which helps to digest proteins and is thought to be beneficial in combating worms in the digestive tract, especially tapeworm. Maybe those ancients were on the right track!
     
    There is now research on cucumbers because they contain three beneficial plant chemicals that have been found to protect against particular types of reproductive cancers.

    During the summer, cucumbers are an easy, nourishing and satisfying fresh raw vegetable. Try this easy-to-make, flavorful and refreshing salad for a hot, summer day.
     
    Raw Cucumber Tomato Salad
     
    2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves
    1 Tbsp. dill
    3 green onions, thinly sliced
    2 cups coarsely chopped or sliced cucumber
    ½ cup cherry tomatoes (sliced in half)
    2 Tbsp. pine nuts or walnuts, toasted
     
    Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add parsley, dill, onions, cucumber, and tomatoes; toss gently. Sprinkle with nuts. Enjoy!
     
    Original recipe by Virginia Newman