A couple of weeks ago, we lost our minds when we were told that bananas should be kept in the fridge. Like, why has no one told us that before?!
And now this…
Did you know that cucumbers should in fact NOT be kept in the fridge?
If there’s one fruit (yes, a cucumber is a fruit and not a vegetable, but more on that later…) we were pretty certain should be kept refrigerated, it’s the humble cucumber. But no sir – according to experts, cucumbers will actually stay fresher for longer if we store them in a cupboard or fruit bowl.
According to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, if cucumbers are stored below 10 degrees Celsius for more than three days, they can get cold injury which will lead to wateriness, pitting and faster decay.
Sounds gross, tbh, so it’s the fruit bowl for our cucumbers as of this very minute.
Saying that, cucumbers are highly sensitive to ethylene, which is a natural gas that causes the certain foods to ripen (and eventually spoil) very quickly. So be sure to keep them separately from bananas, tomatoes, and melons, which are all high ethylene producers.
Is a cucumber a fruit?
So yeah, back to this thing about cucumbers being fruits and not vegetables, it’s true. According to The European Food Information Council, a cucumber is a fruit because of its seeds.
“A botanist would use the botanical classification, which is based on the plant’s physiological characteristics, like the structure, function and organisation of the plant. Therefore, botanically speaking, a ‘fruit’ is the seed-bearing product that grows from the ovary of a flowering plant or, in other words, a fruit is the plants’ way of spreading its’ seeds. A botanical fruit would have at least one seed and grow from the flower of the plant. With this definition in mind, cucumbers are classified as fruit because they contain tiny seeds in the middle and grow from the flower of the cucumber plant.”
And that concludes today’s class on cucumbers.
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