"A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing."
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
Quoted in James Boswell's "Tour to the Hebrides"
The cucumber is ".... about as close to neutrality as a vegetable can get without ceasing to exist."
“As for myself, I am sitting up today for the first time - partly dressed as the cucumber said when oil & vinegar were poured over him salt & pepper being omitted.”
Edward Lear, English artist, writer; 'literary nonsense' (1812-1888)
"The vegetable [cucumbers}, though apt to disagree with persons of delicate habit, when sauced in the common English mode, with salt, pepper, and vinegar only, may often be eaten by them with impunity when dressed with plenty of oil."
“Some may smile at the idea of ripe cucumbers, and say that the very thought of them, like the smell, is offensive....But whatever other uses are made of the cucumber, I entreat the reader not to use it in the form of pickles. These, of almost all the forms of vegetable substances, seem to me worst adapted to the human stomach; and I cannot but hope will be shunned by every reader.”
‘The Young House-keeper’
by William Andrus Alcott (1846)
'Tis not her coldness, father,
That chills my labouring breast;
It's that confounded cucumber
I've ate and can't digest.”
Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845) ‘The Confession’
“We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely, the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic.”
‘Bible’, Numbers 11
“Who coined these words that strike me numb? . . .
The cuke, the glad, the lope, the mum.”
Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
“To see cucumbers in a dream denotes that you will speedily fall in love. Or, if you are in love, then you will marry the object of your affection.”
Richard Folkard in 'Plant Lore' (1884)