Friday Fun Fact: The Cool Cucumber

🥒 The phrase “cool as a cucumber” originated because cucumbers can be 20 degrees different between the inside and the outside temperature.

🥒 Cucumbers are members of the Cucurbitaceae family which also includes muskmelons, watermelons, pumpkins, and gourds

🥒 Botanically speaking, cucumbers are a fruit, but they are used as a vegetable. Similar to tomatoes. The plants are monoecious which means they produce both female and male flowers.

🥒 Sliced or pureed cucumbers can give an almost instant relief to sunburnt skin.

🥒 Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for production of pickling cucumbers and 4th in the nation for fresh cucumbers.

🥒 Cucumbers are generally harvested by hand, but pickling cucumbers are harvested by machine.

🥒 Cucumbers are 96% water; however, still are a great source of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.