I think this one definitely falls into the wives tales category.
I was taught by both my mother and my grandmother that you had to take the fever out of a cucumber. You did this by cutting the end off and rubbing the end over the white part of the cucumber in a circular motion. The cucumber will start to secrete a white creamy stuff. If you didn't take this white stuff out the fruit would make you sick.
All my growing up years I was taught this. When I got married one day I was over at my in-laws helping to prepare a meal. I was asked to peel the cucumbers and started my ritual of rubbing the ends. My professor of horticulture ex father-in-law was quick to educate me that it was not necessary.
I am afraid I was a regular source of entertainment.
It seems in centuries past that cucumbers were thought to be only good cow feed. Back there in them hills obviously my own family had not been enlightened to the fact that they were edible and carried no fever. I never thought to ask and am still curious as to what exactly that white stuff is. I have never met another human being who was taught this.
Obviously this is a wives tale that traveled through my family for generations. I am happy to report that it dies with me and I did not pass this on to my daughters. Hopefully this will save them some embarrassments in the future : )
I am also going to admit that I still do it ........just in case !!!!!!
Anyone hear banjos?
Anyone else taught to rub the fever from their cucumbers?
Oh please lord let there be someone else out there !!!
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