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I Hate Cucumbers

Updated on August 23, 2017

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.

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).

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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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      Austin 

      7 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for making this post! My girlfriend thinks I shouldn't hate cucumbers as much as I do. I strongly disagree with that! Probably going to make that logo my xbox live gamertag for a little.

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      GDTMN 

      2 months ago

      I can detect that a cucumber is being cut and used for something as soon as the skin has been broken. The odor makes me nauseas. It's not a matter of eating or not eating but being in the same space that makes me ill.

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      person 

      8 months ago

      I got food poisoned by cucumber, and just looking at the makes me nauseous

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      Random guest 

      11 months ago

      Cucumbers are disgusting.cant believe people actually like them. They have a disgusting earthy taste with a slimy crunchy texture. Cucumbers easily ruin any good salad

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      Hater of Watermelon 

      12 months ago

      It's the smell I can't take. I can't be around either, so I have never tasted it.

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      layla 

      15 months ago

      Cucumbers are honestly a demon virus from the darkest pits of the underworld......they infect everything with their foul taste....once something on your plate has touched a cucumber....that's it...it's tainted. Same goes with watermelon.

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      The B-O-D-Y 

      3 years 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 

      3 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 

      3 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      5 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 

      5 years ago

      i like watermelon but HATE cucumbers

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      anonymous 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 years ago

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

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      julieannbrady 

      6 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

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

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      WindyWintersHubs 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 years ago

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

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      Craftyville 

      8 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 

      8 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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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      thank you for this information, I've always hated the taste of cucumber, watermelon and also celery, now I know why

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very interesting science. Oddly, though I'm a cucumber lover I'm on your side about watermelon. Just not crazy about it at all. Fun lens!

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      I guess I fall in the"don't taste of anything" category. Interesting info.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Yup, I hate cucumbers and watermelon. My mom just handed me a bowl of cubed watermelon and I feel like throwing up.

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      carny 

      8 years ago

      @poutine: Thanks a lot :) Hmm, I have nothing against turnips... I've lensrolled it on this lens as well.

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

      I Hate Cucumbers has been added to lensroll on the following lens

      Make Friends With Rutabagas Also Known As Turnips

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      poutine 

      8 years ago

      By the way I also love pickles.

      Sorry I can't be in your "Cucumber Hater" Club

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      carny 

      8 years ago

      @joanhall: I had no idea... That sounds so weird.

      Thanks for the comment :)

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      Joan Hall 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      Oh, and did you know that some people make watermelon rind pickles?

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      Joan Hall 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      BTW, I hate pickles. Such an evil thing to do to such a wonderful fruit.

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