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Cucumbers, with their super high (up to 96 percent) water content, can feel up to 20 degrees cooler than the actual temperature, making them an ideal summer refresher.

In addition to their hydrating properties, cucumbers — if consumed with the skin — are a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium and fisetin — an antioxidant believed to have anti-inflammatory properties associated with brain and memory health.

Food editor Kelly Brant writes about seven ways to enjoy the summer staple, from salads and sides to cocktails, in Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Style.

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