Cucumber, Cucumis sativus, is a crippling, fruit-producing plant of the Cucurbitaceae family. It is native to South Asia but is commonly grown in Nigeria. The cylindrical fruit of the cucumber plant varies in size, thickness, color, and length. The fruit contains mostly water and is usually used as a healthy vegetable snack.

Facts About Cucumber

Benefits of Cucumber

Cucumbers are low in saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. They are high in Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin A, and vitamin C. The cucumber plant is mostly water, so it helps in rehydrating the body and skin. Cucumbers also contain many antioxidants and micronutrients.

Cucumber Uses

The tender fruit is mostly eaten raw. It is also used in fruit salads, pickles, as a nutrient infusion in water, etc. Cucumbers are used in the beauty industry to aid skin rejuvenation and to clear eye bags.

Sliced Cucumber

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Growing Cucumber

Season

Any season but preferably in dry season.

Soil Type

Rich, loose and well-drained soil.

Sowing

Seeds can be sown either directly on the field or starting with the nursery. Plant 2-3 seeds per seed hole of 2cm deep with a spacing of about 70X70cm. Seeds are expected to have germinated around 5 days. Thin out to 1 plant per hole after 2 weeks of germination. If planted in nursery, transplant 8-10days after germination.

Maintenance

Weed and water beds frequently. Fertilize with organic or inorganic fertilizers. Stake each plant so the fruits do not touch the soil. Prune the plants.

Pest and diseases of Cucumber include Thrip, Whitefly, Aphid, Caterpillar, Leafminer, Beetle, Anthracnose, Powdery mildew, Downy mildew, and virus. These can be combatted by spraying organic or inorganic pesticides and fungicides or handpicking of pests.

Harvest

Harvest the fruits 2-3 months after planting. Attention should be made to avoid damaging the fruits during harvest.

Preservation

Keep harvested cucumber in a cool and dry place.

States Predominantly Found in Northern Nigeria

Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Yobe, Gombe, Jigawa.

Major Markets In The North

STATEMAJOR MARKETS
KADUNAKasuwan Dan Magaji, Kasuwan Sabon Gari, Kasuwan Samaru, Kasuwan Giwa.
KATSINAKasuwan Danja, Kasuwan chunko.
KANOkasuwan Wanbai, Kasuwan Wudil, Kasuwan Danbatta, Kasuwan Yan kaba, Kasuwan Sabon Gari.
PLATEAUKasuwan Building Material, Kasuwan Farin Gada
YOBEKasuwan Tashar Kuka, Kasuwan Jaji Maje, Kasuwan Garin Alkali, Kasuwan Yusufari, Kasuwan Yunusari.
GOMBEAshaka Gari, Juggol Barkono, Kodom, Malam Sidi, Kurugu, Mana Washi, Kasuwan Dadin kowa.
JIGAWAKasuwan Mai gatari, Kasuwan Gujungu, Kasuwan Sara, kasuwan Hadejia, Kasuwan Kafin hausa, Kasuwan Shuwarin.
Major Cucumber Markets In The North

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