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Cucumis sativus, Cucumber king and Cucumber castle

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It is hot and humid here around these days, so I’ve prepared some cucumber salad for lunch today. Before making salad I couldn’t resist taking some photos of them. For you know, we say ”it is pickled cucumbers time”, meaning it is hot summer, nothing special is happening, except cucumbers are pickled.I do not know how have cucumbers arrived into such a saying, but you bet they have arrived even further! Tiberius, as writes Plinius, ate cucumbers each single day of a year! For this reason first glasshouses were built, to grow cucumbers all year around! Then in Burma, around c. 1000, a farmer killed a king for stealing his cucumbers, and by a legend, became a king Nyaung-u Sawrahan, a Cucumber king! It for sure is a made up story, for who would kill anyone for a cucumber, but it is interesting that similar cucumber motifs remain in some other stories and legends from the region. And as cucumbers reasoned the first glasshouses, as they have a king named after them, they should have a castle , too! Here it is:

According to Pliny, the Emperor Tiberius had the cucumber on his table daily during summer and winter. The Romans reportedly used artificial methods (similar to the greenhouse system) of growing to have it available for his table every day of the year. “Indeed, he was never without it; for he had raised beds made in frames upon wheels, by means of which the cucumbers were moved and exposed to the full heat of the sun; while, in winter, they were withdrawn, and placed under the protection of frames glazed with mirrorstone.”Template:Book XIX, Ch. 23 from:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cucumber