Secrets of a Little Green Gem?
Cucumber plants naturally thrive in both temperate and tropical environments, and generally require temperatures between 60-90°F/15-33°C. For this reason, they are native to many regions of the world. The first cucumbers were likely to have originated in Western Asia (and perhaps more specifically in India) or parts of the Middle East. Cucumbers are mentioned in the legend of Gilgamesh--a king who lived around 2500 BC in what is now Iraq and Kuwait. It was approximately 3,300 years later when cucumber cultivation spread to parts of Europe, including France. And it was not until the time of the European colonists that cucumbers finally appeared in North America in the 1500's.Today they are widely available all year long. As RVers, we can pick them up in virtually any state in which we travel. Here in Texas, local farmers markets sell them for a fraction of grocery store prices and they are usually wax free. Wax is not always a bad thing but can contain sprays containing chemicals.
Cut a cucumber in chunks and place in water on a stove. Simmer. Enjoy the wonderful aroma.
Dab some cucumber behind your ears and on your wrists. You will smell delicious!
So during these hot summer months, use some of these tips to stay "cool as a cucumber."
Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family. Connect with Teri on Google+, Facebook and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV