CUCUMBER is a staple most can’t imagine their salad or refreshing bowl of gazpacho without.
While most homes typically keep this popular fruit (yes, fruit) in the fridge, scientists have suggested that the cupboard might be a better place – and there’s a very good reason for that.
This may seem unconventional to most, as we would imagine snacking on a warm pickle – not the most appealing delicacy.
But according to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Express wrote, “cold damage” can occur if cucumbers are stored below 10 degrees Celsius for more than three days.
It turns out this can lead to watering, pitting, and even faster decay.
Based on this theory, cucumbers actually thrive longer when people keep them in the cupboard – a fruit bowl is also an option.
Of course, it is also worth remembering that you should make sure that the cucumber is in a shady place and not in direct sunlight all day, as this will only damage it.
Despite the common misconception, cucumber is actually a fruit, not a vegetable.
According to the European Food Information Council (EUFIC), this is because cucumbers contain seeds.
“A botanist would use the botanical classification based on the physiological properties of the plant, such as the structure, function, and organization of the plant.
“Therefore, botanically, 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 dispersing their seeds.
“A botanical fruit would have at least one seed and would grow from the flower of the plant.
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“With this definition, cucumbers are classified as fruit because they contain tiny seeds in the center and grow from the flower of the cucumber plant,” the experts explained.
Also, according to experts, cucumbers should not be stored next to some other fruits and vegetables.
“Cucumbers are very sensitive to ethylene, a natural gas that causes certain foods to ripen (and eventually spoil) very quickly,” explains food website Delish.
If you want your cucumbers to last longer, make sure you store them separately from bananas, tomatoes, and melons — all of which are high ethylene producers.
The revelation sparked a national outcry back in 2020 after being addressed on ITV’s This Morning.
Here, according to the graphic, citrus fruits such as lemons and limes should be kept in the refrigerator.
The same goes for eggs – although they are sold on the shelf in supermarkets.
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