The May 12 is dedicated to the British days of cucumber (National Cucumber Day) in calendar curious public holidays from around the world all the vegetables from the family Cucurbitaceae. This article explains what this is all about and why this cucumber day deserves a permanent place in the collection of the curious world days. So why are the British celebrating the pickle today?
Who started UK National Cucumber Day?
If I got it right, the British National Cucumber Day dates back to the Great British Cucumber Festival (sometimes just Cue Fest) at Waltham Abbey, Essex and the year 2010. As part of these celebrations in honor of the cucumber and vegetable farmers of the Lea Valley Region (Lea Valley Growers), May 12th was also introduced as the cucumber day (see also the list of related links below).
In this context, however, it should also be pointed out that the CueFest has probably been moved to September since 2014. In this respect, we can probably consider May 12th as the date of the British pickle day primarily as a historical reference.
Why is the UK celebrating Cucumber Day on May 12th?
To be honest, I don’t know. Because in the course of researching for the present article, I was unable to find out why they chose May 12th as the date for National Cucumber Day. In addition to the relatively sparse sources, another complicating factor is that World Cucumber Day has been established on June 14 in recent years. This day of action, initiated by the spirits manufacturer Hendrick’s Gin, has been active since 2013 and refers on its website to the year 2011 as the founding year of Cucumber Day by British cucumber growers (see also the list of further links below and the article on World Gin Day ( German World Gin Day) on the second Saturday in June). In this respect, the previously expressed assumption of May 12th as a historical reference seems to be confirmed here.
A substantive connection to the parallel committed on May 12, International Day of multiple chemical sensitivity (International Awareness Day for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity), the day of the odometer (National Odometer Day), the day of Limerick (National Limerick day) or the International day of care (International Nurses day) may seem quite conceivable as particularly likely, however, I would not consider.
Goals and Intention: What does the English Day of the Cucumber actually celebrate?
The primary intention of this Vegetable Holiday is economic in nature and is intended to make the British public aware of the benefits and necessities of the local lettuce and vegetable farmers in the region. In addition, this event is of course also used to celebrate a party together and to collect funds for various charitable purposes.
In addition, the fruit of the cucumber plant (lat. Cucumis sativus) is quite healthy. In addition to the high water content, very few proteins and fats and only 3.5 percent carbohydrates, there is a high proportion of vitamins B, C and E. The cucumber can also score highly in terms of minerals. After all, it contains a lot of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc (see among other things, the article about the US Day of gherkin (National Pickle Day) on 14 November).
Reason enough to dedicate a curious or culinary holiday to this vegetable.
With this in mind: Bon appetit and a great National Cucumber Day to all of you.