Are you as cool as a cucumber?

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Are you as cool as a cucumber?
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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 1:50pm

"Cool as a cucumber" isn't just a catchy phrase. The inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air. Cucumbers were believed to have originated in India and spread through Greece and Italy. They made their way into North America agriculture by the mid-16 century. Cool and moist due to their high water content. "Cukes" belong to the same family as pumpkins, zucchini, watermelon and other squashes.


The heat wave is still upon us here in the US, so when I heard the phrase "cool as a cucumber" today, I had to think for a minute.

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Thu, 07-15-2010 - 1:55pm

Cucumbers are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables, having been cultivated since about 8,000 B.C.


In Roman times, the Emperor Tiberius grew cucumbers in carts, and had his slaves wheel them around to catch the sun.

Cucumbers were brought to the Americas by Columbus.


General Ulysses S. Grant was said to have been extremely fond of cucumbers. General Horace Porter remarked in an article,

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Sat, 07-17-2010 - 5:40pm
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Mon, 07-19-2010 - 12:22pm

Thanks for adding that info!

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