Publication - Crop Profile for Greenhouse Cucumber in Canada, 2014

Titre en anglais
Crop Profile for Greenhouse Cucumber in Canada, 2014
Numéro de publication
12502E
Année de publication
2016
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Sujet(s)
Type
PDF électronique
Coût
Publication gratuite
Langue
Anglais
Région
Ottawa/Hull (RCN)
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Disponible
Pages
1-50
Numéro de catalogue
A118-10/15-2014E-PDF
Sommaire en anglais
The cucumber plant (Cucumis sativus var. sativus) is believed to have originated in India. Cucumbers were consumed in Western Asia, Greece and ancient Egypt as far back as 3000 years ago. It is known that cucumbers were imported to the Tigris Valley and eaten as pickles in 2030 BC, and they are mentioned at least twice in the Old Testament. Cucumbers were introduced to the New World by Christopher Columbus. The pickled cucumber was of great importance to early North American pioneers, as it was the only zesty, green vegetable available for many months of the year. Today, cucumbers are produced both in the field and greenhouse. Until recently, only the long English cucumber was grown in greenhouses but today there is significant production of mini- or gherkin-type cucumbers in protected environments. All greenhouse-grown cucumbers are sold for the fresh market. They are sweet, seedless and eaten unpeeled, either alone, or in salads, sandwiches or used as a garnish. Cucumbers are a good source of potassium, calcium, folic acid and vitamin C.
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