Did You Know – Cucumbers

We have begun picking our home grown cucumbers so I thought I would share 15 interesting cucumber facts.

  1. Cucumbers are from the same family as watermelons and pumpkins.
  2. Cucumbers can grow over 12” long.
  3. China is the largest producer of cucumbers in the world.
  4. A raw cucumber is over 90% water.
  5. One medium raw cucumber has about 30 calories.
  6. Cucumbers can be grown in soil or in water (hydroponic).
  7. The large leaves on the cucumber plant provide shading for the developing fruits.
  8. Pickled cucumbers in Northern England are sometimes called wallies.
  9. Cucumber plants climb for more sun exposure using thin spiraling shoots called tendrils.
  10. Cucumbers are a body cooling food due to their high water content which may be where the phrase “cool as a cucumber” came from.
  11. One cup of raw peeled cucumbers contain almost 3 grams of carbohydrates.
  12. Stop bad breath by holding a slice of cucumber on the roof of your mouth, with your tongue, for 30 seconds.
  13. Just one cucumber contains most of the vitamins you need in a day.
  14. To help avoid a hangover or a bad headache eat a few slices of cucumber before you go to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, multiple B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish what you lost due to drinking.
  15. Cucumbers are one of my favorite vegetables, probably because it is technically a fruit.

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  1. I like the explanation of the saying “cool as a cucumber” 😄. And nr. 16: Cucumber slices help with swollen and itchy eyes (especially during hay fever time)!

  2. Amazing, I had no idea cucumbers could be used for such a variety of things. I appreciate you sharing this excellent knowledge with us.

  3. No not in North but Midland England they call pickled cucumbers Wally . I like cucumber sandwiches so we grow both ridge and greenhouse Cucumbers. Pickle most and keep back a few for salads. We grow field tomato plants in veg garden that is walled around . In here have all we need for house needs .Hard work with all gardens but in winter we can enjoy the effort of our labours .

  4. Cucumbers are awesome. So easy to make and affordable. I love making them with a little bit of salt and rice vinegar. Simple but yum. Enjoy your harvest!

  5. Cukes are a great addition to salads. But also you can easily make pickles by dropping them into a jar of your favorite pickle brand and letting them sit in the liquid
    I have also seen videos of how cats react to them!

  6. I’d have never guessed all this nutrition is in a cucumber which seems like all water … like a watermelon. Interesting and I always wondered where the expression “cool as a cucumber” originated. Thanks for the info Diane!

  7. This is fascinating, Diane. So many facts I didn’t know. Just today, I was noticing on my container grown squash plants that the leaves are so big compared to those tiny fruits that are starting to grow. Now I know why!😉

    • How do the squash do in the container? I have never grown a vine plant in a container. We found out our cucumber leaves are delicious to ground hogs this year. Lol

  8. I always loved cucumbers and pickles!

    When I was a little girl I used to pick the ripe cucumbers my grandmother had grown in our back yard. They were thicker and larger than the ones I used to see at our local supermarket.

    They were so crunchy and delicious too!

    I would peel them and eat them without slicing them. Those were the good old days.

    My grandmother also grew tomatoes, green peppers and some vegetables in our backyard.

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