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The Incredible, Edible Cucumber?

Sunday, October 27, 2019

So if one reads it on the internet, it must be true? The Cucumber Growers of America (assuming there is such a trade group) had their paid professional propagandists working overtime. Here goes.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give
off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a
Few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers
have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks
great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10.Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the
shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls.

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  • no profile photo CD25088232
    I don’t think the marketing people did their job thoroughly. What about freezing a cucumber and putting it on the back of your neck for the heat. Yes, the vitamins seep out of the skins of the cucumber and onto your skin. How about using it to play catch with your dog. Biting on a stick can be dangerous for mans best friend but bitting on a cucumber is healthy. Giving them out for Halloween instead of unhealthy candy. I missed my calling in life. I can be just as creative as the very questionable ones listed in your blog.
    103 days ago
    Thanks for the information!
    114 days ago
    And the English cukes are good for thwacking somebody upside the head in self-defense
    114 days ago
    Will try them for slug repellent next growing season but no chance I'm going to use them as shoe polish or hinge de-squeeker
    114 days ago
    Lots of goodness packed into a cucumber for sure!

    115 days ago
    I read that too - and I will say that some spas really do put cucumber slices on your eyes to reduce swelling and dark undereyes.
    115 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    5 & 6 are a no-go, BUT cukes are a MAJOR diuretic. The vitamins are ONLY if you eat the peel too.
    115 days ago
    If that slug cucumber repellent advice works, may try that. Although I will transport snails from the sidewalk or side of the building on a sheet of paper off to the shady bushes at the other end of the parking lot. Hopefully they hide before a bird eats them.

    I don't like cucumbers, think they are bland. In a salad, they do provide some crunch and cooling effect.
    115 days ago
    I love cucumbers. Usually I just put salt on them. My Mom use to mix then with sour cream and seasoned salt. I could eat the whole bowl. That is not calorie friendly. I mixed them in plain yogurt a couple times and Adobo but I haven't done it in quite awhile. Sounds like I will do that tomorrow.
    115 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Let's hear it for the amazing cucumber!
    115 days ago
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