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Fun Facts About Cucumbers

Updated on June 1, 2011

Welcome to the world of cucumbers

Not as popular as tomatoes, but more popular than mung beans, the cucumber grows on the ground and is fun to put into salads. The festive green color adds fun and nutrition to a wide variety of meals. This member of the gourd family relates distantly to muskmelons and loofahs.

Vegetative parthenocarpy is sometimes used to raise seedless cucumbers. Since everyone already knows what that is, we will not discuss it further.

A cucumber is essentially a raw pickle. Pickle proponents purchase prodigious packages periodically. For more information on pickle economy, refer to the document "Pickles, Relishes and Olives in the U.S.", available from for $1596. This composition contains detailed profiles of the retail market as defined by pickles, relishes, and olives, along with interviews of major players in the industry.

The luscious cucumber
The luscious cucumber | Source

Cucumber Nutrition

These wonderful green vegetables provide copious amounts of nutrition for people who eat them. An average "cuke" includes no fat whatsoever, including saturated and non-saturated. Dietary fiber and carbohydrates are part of the recipe. One single solitary average cucumber packs about 11% of the USDA requirement of Vitamin K, which as we all know is crucial for posttranslational modification of certain proteins in the human body.

Many vital minerals are available in a typical cucumber, including but not limited to:

  • Calcium,
  • Iron,
  • Magnesium,
  • Phosphorus,
  • Potassium,
  • Sodium,
  • Copper,
  • Manganese,
  • Selenium,
  • Fluoride, and
  • Zinc.

Cucumber Recipes

The dosakai, or (yellow) melon cucumber, is popular in India and used in many recipes for cooking. They mix well with chilies, coriander, peanuts, and cilantro for tasty meals and snacks.

A cucumber soup can be concocted from any type of cucumber along with green onions, margarine, chicken broth, and spices to taste. This soup is often served cold, unless the eater prefers it heated.

Since a pickle is a former cuke, any hamburger, chicken sandwich, or BLT may also be construed as a cucumber recipe: simply apply sliced pickles as a topping to your favorite sandwich.

Cucumber History

In 1633, The New England Prospect published an article penned by William Wood detailing his experiences in early America. Although Publix, Safeway, and Kroger stores would not open for almost 300 years, Mr. Wood observed ample opportunities to plant kitchen gardens consisting of many vegetables, including cucumbers, in the fecund colonial soil.

Former US president and Civil War General, Ulysses S. Grant greatly enjoyed raw cucumber slices soaked in raw vinegar. He often feasted on these morsels for breakfast. No lie.

Sea Cucumbers

Many regions of Asia serve Sea Cucumbers as a delicacy. These creatures share a passing visual resemblance to land-based vegetables of the same name (without the word "Sea") but they are actually living breathing animals residing in oceans. They swim around and raise families, until they are captured by humans for food. Found all over the world, they boast a respiratory system, a nervous system, and a circulatory system, but no actual brain in the same sense that Donald Trump has a brain.

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    • nicomp profile image

      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      1 person voted to eat a sea cucumber. What have I done?

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Someone found this page by Googling 'civil war general like cucumbers'.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I don't really think about cucumbers. i like them in salads and sometimes eaten raw or as part of a fruit and vegetable thing at a potluck.

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      Garrett Mickley 6 years ago from Jupiter, Florida

      "Some people like their cucumbers pickled." - Dave Chappelle.

      Best advice I ever got from a television show.

      Great Hub, as always!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      @Tom Whitworth : I will add another response for you. Let me know what it should be!

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      Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      I wanted to take your survey but I can't decide on the correct answer beforehand and I didn't want an innaccuracy about cukes to get me into a pickle.