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I Hate Cucumbers

Updated on September 30, 2014

Do You Hate Cucumbers Too?

Have you ever wondered why you or someone you know hates cucumbers? The answer might be in your genes. Read on to find out more about cucumber hate.

I've had a strong aversion to cucumbers my whole life. Interestingly, it also extends to watermelons, which in my opinion taste similar; however, I like pickles just fine! My father also shares the same "cucumber hate" with me, so that was my first clue that there might be more to it than a weird personal quirk. Here's what I learned.

Scientific Look at Cucumber Hate

Why some people find cucumbers disgusting

Like most vegetables (cucumbers are actually scientifically classified as fruit, but most people treat them as vegetables) cucumbers contain various phytochemicals. A lot of these bioactive compounds may have a positive effect on human health. Many of them are also known for their bitter and pungent taste.

Now this is where it gets interesting. Back in 1931, scientists have identified an organic substance Phenylthiocarbamide - often simply called PTC - that either tastes bitter, or is completely tasteless depending on the genetic makeup of the individual.

Cucumbers contain related organic compounds that are thought to cause the taste some people find repugnant (and others don't notice at all). A gene called TAS2R38 is responsible for the ability to taste the earlier-mentioned PTC, and another bitter compound called PROP. It's not too much of a stretch to say that there could be some more unpleasant chemicals that only certain people can taste.

It's true... The cucumber hate might actually be encoded in your genes! I think we should take pride in our superior tasting powers that lesser mortals do not possess. Go ahead, celebrate your genetical superiority.

Yes, I hate cucumbers!

Yes, I hate cucumbers!

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    • Natalia 5 days ago

      I hate cucumbers so freaking much. Finally found my soulmates out there!!

    • Tanya 3 weeks ago

      Cucumbers and watermelons are disgusting. And I seem to be the only one in my family to think that way and my mom forces me to eat cucumbers. Yuck!

    • Mollo 2 months ago

      Ewww absolutely gross

    • unknown person 2 months ago

      i cnt stand cucumbers i vomit everytime i eat them

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    • Diana 3 months ago

      I am the only one in my family who hates cucumbers. My mom told me that when she was pregnant with me. She couldn't stand cucumbers. A few months after I was born she was ok with cucumbers and she didn't find them disgusting anymore.

    • Hater of Cilantro 4 months ago

      Cucumbers and cilantro--wretched flavors.

    • D Sergeant 4 months ago

      Cucumbers are a disgusting and pointless combination of mouldy water in a green filth skin. Death to cucumbers.

    • Fz 4 months ago

      Hate is an understatement for my disliking of cucumbers...

    • dodadw 7 months ago

      Cucumbers in the UK taste like water with tasteless jelly

    • Suzie 9 months ago

      Cucumber and watermelon are the work of Satan. Like many others I like pickles, but if you put any kind of melon near me I will gag. I accidentally tasted a watermelon once. OMFG!! It was horrific. Crunchy, watery and the taste! I am a professional cucumber detective now, as every salad roll, rice paper roll or salad has it in it. I can eat most stuff that dry cucumber has touched but nothing that watermelon has touched. That is going too far!

    • Mdmclar 9 months ago

      They are terrible. When you accidentally bit into one you can't even stand the taste of your own breathe when you inhale. And, everything else tastes bad too for several minutes.

    • Asian weirdo 10 months ago

      I cannot have raw cucumbers because I always vomit afterwards. However, I love pickles. I don't know why. I can't even eat anything that touched raw cucumber because I get the same effect. interestingly pickles I do not get the same reaction.

    • CUCUMBER IS EVIL 10 months ago

      Cucumber, celery, watermelon and carrots are EVIL but I'm the only one in my family who hates them, why?

    • Jenney 11 months ago

      Tastes like gasoline and the most rotted juices of a corpse.

    • AYA 11 months ago

      And i thought im only one who hate cucumber and watermelon

    • Andy 12 months ago

      Just ate a pasta salad. No mention of cucumber on the packaging, but it was full of the damn stuff. I hate it so bad and sometimes think manufacturers put it in everything out of sheer spite.

      More seriously, I've wondered for years whether my aversion is genetic as so many other people claim that it's tastless. Strange thing is that I don't mind melon or courgettes or marrow -- it's just cucumber that's evil.

    • Tom 12 months ago

      I can smell the sickly odor as soon as I enter the room. To strong and I get sick to my stomach. Just say No Cukes! can't touch the food I am planning to eat. The residual juice is even repulsive.

    • Paul 12 months ago

      Cucumbers = Poison. ☠☠☠

      I HATE cucumbers.

    • Fathima 13 months ago

      I HATE cucumbers

    No, cucumbers taste great!

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      • Ms.T 4 weeks ago

        I hate cucumbers and watermelon too! It's refreshing to know someone else thought they taste similar yuck!!!

      • Colleen 5 months ago

        Cucumbers are an invasive food. They can't just be putrid or smelly on their own; oh no--they spread their oily taste and smell in the air and anything they touch. Cucumbers suck. And don't get me started on Cucumber water. Barf!

      • Nancy 12 months ago

        I LOATHE both cucumbers and watermelon. If presented with anything that has any evil green disks, I must pick them out immediately if I hope to eat.

        Watermelons are best beaten with a baseball bat.

      • LZM 17 months ago

        I like them but my partner hates them so much. It isn't a normal food dislike it is extreme. I miss eating them but can't put him through the pain of being near to them.

      • T.SHANE 20 months ago

        I am so glad to find this site and finally make some sense of my serious dislike for cucumbers. I love pickles ans also dislike all melons.

        I have always hated cucumbers as does my father. I don't even like the smell of them. Once I just about threw up because I had a spoonful of cucumbers in a salad. Now I just tell people that I a am allergic

      • BigPhilHpnley 23 months ago

        Remember as a child being given salmon & cu sandwichch. Tasted so horrible it stayed in my mouth for ages. I could NOT swallow it.

        My granmother would cut cu in the kitchen. And through 2 closed doors and being on a different level in the house I would start to 'gip'.

        I'm the same with the smell of raw fish!

      • Kriss 2 years ago

        lots of friends here! what a reveleation;-) if you let an open bottle of milk AND some slice of cucumber in the same fridge for a couple of hours, I cannot drink the milk anymore!! it awfully tastes like my personal enemy, the cucumber. I also hate watermelon BUT I love pickle and melon

      • Johnald 2 years ago

        cucmbers are literally the devil. i feel a strong hatred toward them and their disgusting taste. i will never like the foul things and no one else understands me. cucumbers will never hold a special spot in my heart.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I've never tasted bitter cucumbers in my life! I'm Russian, so cucumbers are an important food, and all the ones I had taste sweet! They're perfect for fasting because they are mostly water, so not really food. And I like them in salads and just randomly. I'm glad I can't taste PROP, you guys are missing out!

      • AnneLeeMusings 3 years ago

        But what about cucumber sandwiches....Oh I just love them.

      • aneeshasdad 3 years ago

        I used to hate both cucumbers and watermelons when I was young. However, as an adult I now enjoy both.

      • Shay Marie 3 years ago from Southern California

        Cucumbers are a big part of the Middle Eastern diet. I think my dad would disown me if I stopped eating them.

      • yania227 3 years ago

        I love cucumbers, I have it in my garden!

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Cucumbers are simultaneously delicious and awful - I can taste the bitterness but also there is a strong botanical, flowery taste that makes me happy... so I think they are awesome.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I had a stroke..and watermelons and cucumbers went from being my favorite smelling and tasting like a combo of the insides of a pumpkin and the bottom of a garbage pail....I cry because I miss my favorite foods! But...I do not understand HOW this happened.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I certainly taste the bitterness in cucumbers, but that doesn't dissuade me from eating them, for bitterness doesn't equal dislike for me. I enjoy the full spectrum of flavor my taste buds have to offer, and try my best not to discriminate.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Fascinating! I feel like I am missing out not getting to experience this foul taste and smell everyone keeps referring to. I love cucumbers and watermelon but now I understand the aversion some people have. I have also been confused by some people's hatred of cilantro as it is one of my favorite spices. I suspect something very similar is happening with that plant too.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Yum. With salt, please!

      • Zut Moon 5 years ago

        they are OK ...

      • Elena848 5 years ago

        Well , i don't hate cucumbers they are okay but you should replace the cucumber with tomato , TOMATO SUCKS ... when i eat it i fell like im gunna throw up..

      Why Do Watermelons Taste Like Cucumbers?

      Here's how watermelons are made. I think.
      Here's how watermelons are made. I think.

      I swear, people think I'm crazy when I tell them I don't like watermelons. "Whaaaat, how can you NOT like watermelons? They are awesome!". It's not like I hate watermelon because it tastes watermelon-y. I dislike it because it reminds me of cucumbers (especially the part closer to the rind). However, the taste is much fainter than that of cucumbers, so I can somewhat tolerate it.

      There's no real mystery here, though. Both cucumbers and watermelons are members of the same Cucurbitaceae plant family. They're basically like cousins. Evil, wicked cousins.

      Know Your Enemy: The Cucumber

      Vile cucumbers thriving in their natural habitat. Contrary to the popular belief, cucumbers are not suitable for human consumption unless prepared properly (e.g. pickled).


      Cucumber Hater Badge

      Feel free to use this badge in your forum signature or a blog post. Wear it proudly, for you are one of us - one of the enlightened people who know that cucumbers do not taste good.



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          The B-O-D-Y 23 months ago

          What I learned today: The Devil likes to eat gigapoop that acts like ninja garden gnomes and tastes like himself.

          Cucumber suck! ^^^^^^

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          FedoraMGTOW 2 years ago

          I cannot stand cucumbers. They're sprinkled in sandwiches as if they're just another mild vegetable, but the repulsiveness that is cucumber completely overpowers every other flavor. What's more, the cucumber does leave a disgusting residue if it's plucked out. My parents and brother all like cucumber, and my mom has tried to give me salads with plucked out cucumber in the past, and I could just barely tolerate it. I like pickles, but only if they're crunchy or if they're dill chips. I hate the dill spear variety, just whole cucumbers dropped in pickling liquid. I do, however, like melon, watermelon, honeydew, and celery.

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          Colleen 2 years ago

          Finally. A community who understands me. I was feeling all alone. ;(

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          They're good in a first year garden to leech toxins or excess nutrients out of soil and that's about it.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          i like watermelon but HATE cucumbers

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I say they shouldn't be banned because some ppl can't eat them i enjoy them tons, but if you don't like them just don't eat them problem solved. If then contaminate some of your foods don't eat that food.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Aahh finally I know I'm not alone. Thanks for making this post. Watermelons are ok but I prefer to stay away. They do taste a little bit like cucumbers. Cucumbers make me completely loose my appetite. I can taste if someone used the breadknife for cucumbers and then slice my bread. Just awful. And it is not a bitter taste. Hard to describe what ir's like.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I love cucumbers and watermelon. Both are yummy and refreshing and I eat them everyday. Interestingly, my daughter can't stand either.

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          Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

          Love it. Fascinating to know about the cucumber/melon connection and it explains my lifelong hatred of both!

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          MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

          This is the one thing I can't stand---cucumbers. I didn't know there was anyone else out there like me.

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          Zut Moon 5 years ago

          The last five cucumbers I spoke with didn't think much of you either ... LOL

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          julieannbrady 5 years ago

          Hello my dear ... it's me again and I know you surely know that I LOVE cucumbers!!! Especially with sour cream and dill.

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          cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

          Very interesting lens! Though I must say that I love cukes!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I'm not the only one! The only two foods I passionately hate are watermelon and cucumbers!

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          WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

          I love English cucumbers and watermelon. Hubby and his mom can't stand cucumbers. It must be in their genes.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          They look as if they are going to sprout legs and come and eat me for dinner!!! AHHHHHHH

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          Very interesting lens. I love cucumbers, but in a similar topic I remember National Geographic had a "Smell test" many years ago. They found that people perceive odors very differently, too. Blessed by a SquidAngel

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Just my luck. I could really go for a cuke right now but none in the house.

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          Craftyville 6 years ago

          Thanks for the interesting info, now I know why I hate cucumbers. However, I do like the occasional slice of watermelon and there's always a jar of pickles in the fridge.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Oh my, and even a "Cuccumber Hater" badge LOL * runs off to hang out with the cuke lovers * - Kathy

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