Oil Of King Cucumber

You know why I addressed cucumber as a king? Because the oil of this king is prolific…It take cares of almost every external or internal human ill…Just like a king would do for his kingdom…

Okay…Lame philosophy aside…Let’s talk about cucumber oil…

The cucumber is believed to be native to India…and evidence indicates that it has been cultivated in Western Asia for 3000 years…From India…it spread to

  • Greece
  • Italy
  • China

And was then introduced into other parts of-

  • Europe
  • England
  • France
  • North America

The cucumber is the edible fruit of the cucumber plant Cucumis sativus…which belongs to the gourd family Cucurbitaceae

The cucumber plant is an annual climber which grows to a height of 15-30 cm and has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit…The vine is grown on the ground or on trellises…often in greenhouses…

It requires a rich…well-drained moisture retentive soil and a warm very sunny position…The seeds are sown early to mid spring in rich soil…Germination takes place within 2 weeks…

It is in flower from July to September…and the seeds ripen from August to October…The flowers are monoecious (Meaning…individual flowers are either male or female…but both sexes can be found on the same plant)…The plant is self-fertile…

The plant prefers acid…neutral and basic (in other words…alkaline) soils…It cannot grow in the shade and requires moist soil…

The male flowers should be removed in order to prevent fertilization…since the fertilized fruits have a bitter taste…

The roots of cucumber plants secrete a substance that inhibits the growth of most weeds…Cucumbers make good companion plants for sweet corn…beans and sunflowers…but they dislike growing with potatoes and aromatic herbs…

A few varieties of cucumber are parthenocarpic…the blossoms creating seedless fruit without pollination…Thousands of hives of bees are annually carried to cucumber fields just before bloom for this purpose…Cucumbers may also be pollinated by flies…

The edible parts are fruits…seeds and leaves…

Cucumbers grown for pickling and those grown for fresh market are the same species….Fruit of fresh market cucumbers are longer…smooth rather than bumpy…have a more uniform green skin colour and a tougher…glossier skin than fruit of picklers…

Okay…Now have a look at our reference links…

  1. Cucumber Oil by Herb Info
  2. Cool Cucumber by Aromatherapy
  3. Home Remedies by Skin Care