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.