Do you enjoy munching on a Cucumber or maybe you are more refined and enjoy the taste of cucumber sandwiches? How ever you enjoy your cucumber you should find these ten amazing facts about them rather interesting and they might well make you look at your cucumbers in a whole new light…
FACT 1: One Whole Cumber Has Most of Your Daily Vitamin Needs!
Hidden within each number is almost daily amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese and vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc! That is a lot of vitamins indeed.
FACT 2: Cumcumbers Are Good For The Outside And The Inside of the Body
Not only are they super healthy as we have already learned about, but they are also used in various beauty treatments and facial scrubs due to its light scent vitamins.
FACT 3: Cucumbers Really Can Make You Cooler!
You have probably heard someone say they are as “cool as a cucumber” but did you also know cucumbers really can cool the temperature of the blood and this, in turn, helps some people with swelling of the legs and face.
FACT 4: Cucumbers Act Faster Than Breath Mints!
Do you suffer from bad breath? If you do forget about those silly breath mints, placing just a single slice of cumber against the roof of your mouth with your tongue can help kill the bacteria that is the cause of it and this will often happen within just 30 seconds!
FACT 5: The Worlds Longest Cucumber was 107 cm (42.1 in)
It was grown by Ian Neale from Shepton Mallet, UK in September 2011. While he had grown large ones before this one, this was a real record breaker.
FACT 6: The Worlds Heaviest Cucumber was 12.9 kg (23 lb 7 oz)
You might have thought the longest cumber was the heaviest, but that is not the case. This one was grown by David Thomas from Malvern, UK in September 2015. This is also the man who grew the worlds heaviest parsnip but that is for anouther post.
FACT 7: The First Cucumbers Were Consumed around the 2nd-3rd Millennia BC!
It was back in 2nd-3rd millennia BC when ancient Indian people from India first domestically grew cucumbers. Needless to say cucumbers have been around for a VERY long time!
FACT 8: China is The Worlds Biggest Grower of Cucumbers
In fact, they grow 80% of the worlds consumed cucumbers which works out at 40.7 million tonnes per year! I can’t even start to imagine how many cucumbers that might be.
FACT 9: Cucumbers Are Not Just Green!
There are hundreds of varieties of cucumbers around the world and while many of them are shades of green they can also come in white, yellow, and even orange colours!
FACT 10: Cucumbers Have Killed People!
In 2011 an E. coli outbreak was linked to a field of cucumbers that that was named the cause of death for 10 people! While it was a worrying fact, it was also a good one to end on.
Do you know of any other facts about Cucumbers? If you do why not share them in the comments below and let your knowledge of them be known to the world.