Where did the expression “cool as a cucumber” come from? Cucumbers aren’t inherently cooler than a squash or a tomato, but for some reason, the cold standard is a dark green, heat-loving vegetable.

Cucumbers definitely have some cooling properties because they have such a high-water content they can be extremely refreshing. At the least, since they’re generally served raw, they don’t involve heating up the kitchen, and that’s a big selling point by mid-August.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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