Older children often enjoy a refreshing piece of cucumber on a hot day, so a small amount of peeled, de-seeded, mashed cucumber may refresh your baby – but beware of giving too much!
Cucumber is good for baby (and you):
Mostly water, cucumbers are not entirely ‘nutrition-free’ as they are quite a good source of vitamins A and C. They also contain the minerals calcium – important for bone and tooth development – and potassium for brain function, muscle development, and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
Hints on buying and storing:
- Choose a cucumber that is firm, with no damage or discolouration.
- A soft, or slightly squashy cucumber is about to rot.
- Cucumbers are available all year, but summer ones may be more natural – if they are hot-house grown they have less flavour.
- Store, unwrapped, in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator.
- Only cut them when you are about to use them – they last longer uncut.
- Use within a few days of buying.
Tips on cooking:
- Do not cook cucumber.
- Peel, de-seed, and mash to combine with other foods.
Ideas for ways of including cucumber in your baby’s meals:
- Mix a little mashed or pureed cucumber with cooked apple.
- Add to other cooked vegetables – courgette (zucchini), green beans.
- Stir a little into plain yogurt for a really refreshing taste.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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