Are the ends of cucumbers poison?

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Chazza

Are the ends of cucumbers poison?

My mother would never let us eat the stem ends of cucumbers because they apparently contained laudanum, and this seemed to be widely accepted at the time. Is there really any problem or is this an old wive's tale?

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Biggles !

Cuke ends poisonous !?!?!?


Not heard that one before Chazza but I had to go off and do a 'google' :0)

http://www.languagehat.com/archives/002460.php

Fascinating to me, but I'm afraid does NOT answer you intriguing question.

Looking forward to learning the answer!

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foxylady

cucs

Never heard this before Chazza, always eaten this end, perhaps that's why I always feel like lying down, laudanum poisoning! You've got me worried now.

xx

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cucumbers

I have no idea, but I was told the same thing about the base of lettuce. Apparently they used to give this to babies to suck to make them sleep????!!!
Back to cucumbers - I did summer work for a big chemicals company one year, testing fungicides on cucumbers. I'm talking 20 years ago, but the guy in charge did say to avoid eating the peel if you can as they are heavily sprayed. I am sure times have changed, but I'm still paranoid.

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Chazza

cucumbers and lettuce

Lettuce juice definitely contains soporifics, I think they're opiates, though the more modern the variety the less there is.

Strange to think of babies sucking the stems though, they're quite bitter.

Perhaps it was something to do woth pesticides - but I don't think so because I remember my grandmother agreeing, and that would come from before modern pesticides.

Thinking about it though - if they were sprayed with anything it would tend to drain downwards to the flower endand perhaps concentrate there.

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Gerry

Soporific

"Lettuce juice definitely contains soporifics."
That's why Peter Rabbit had to fall asleep after raiding the lettuces in Mr. McGregor's garden. Remember?

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Essex Girl

Lettuces

They used to give our budgie diarrhoea which, my father always maintained, was because of the laudanum.

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Essex Girl

Laudanum

Just been reading about it on Google. It seems that there is no laudanum in lettuce but it can be taken to STOP diarrhoea!

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Chazza

Peter Rabbit

I don't remember but found the story here

http://www.world-english.org/stories_potter.htm

and Ms Potter here in a wiki potted biography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrix_Potter

Given her interest in the Agaricineae mushrooms one wonders whether she was "on the lettuce" herself, which was of course perfectly legal at the time.

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Chazza

Are the ends of cucumbers poison?

"It seems that there is no laudanum in lettuce" - there's definitly something in certain varieties, bu probably not in the commercially forced.

"but it can be taken to STOP diarrhoea!" - I wonder, did you have any brothers who fed the budgie too?

 
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