Zentraveler on the amazing cucumber!

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their “Spotlight on the Home” series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8.. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Pass this along to everybody you know who is looking for better and safer ways to solve life’s everyday problems.

QUOTE:When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back….Zen Quotes by Ying-An.

Cucumbers are a member of the gourd family
along with melons, squash and pumpkins. Cucumbers originated in India where theyhave been grown for 3,000 years.
Florida produces the most cucumbers in the United States. Cucumbers are available year-round. Cucumbers are long and cylindrical with a green skin and crisp white inside.Cucumbers grow on a vine. They prefer sandysoil because it warms up faster in the spring.There are two main types of cucumbers, slicers and picklers. Slicers are the cucumbers that you find on veggie trays or in salads. Picklers are used to make pickles. Cucumbers are 95% water!


ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Don’t even think about it grasshopper …eat your cucumbers for goodness sake!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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2 responses to “Zentraveler on the amazing cucumber!

  1. C. Terry Heienemeyer

    Van Scott where are you? Colman said he spoke to you some months ago and you where out of U.S. Let know if i should come and see what you are up to.

    • Hello Terry! Hope everything is good in sunny Florida! I have moved to Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines, have built a new house overlooking the sea and have a live-in girlfriend Perla!

      There are over 7000 islands to explore and many things to keep you busy! I am going to Palawan next week which Jacques Cousteau said was the most beautiful place on earth….very close to Boreneo and billeted as the last natural frontier. On Bantayan Island nothing much has changed since Magellan discovered the island in 1521 except plenty of cell phones and motorcycles/motorscooters.

      There is an active x-pat community with many Scandanavians US and Europe and lots of bars and restaurants!

      So even though I cannot walk to Idas store in Shanksville, or buy gas in Buckstown at Bill Lohrs place of business..the weather is good and this is a good place to hang my hat for the time being! My beach house terrace has the best table for four on the island and often times I have to raise my glass to another toast!

      Your old time running partner from Somerset! Freddie would love this place!


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