While this sounds awfully like a desperate attempt at intimacy during lockdown, this cucumber trick really is about food.
I was like, "Excuse me?" I know most little tricks and I had never heard of that.
In the video, she cuts off the tip of the cucumber and starts rubbing it on the ends. While cucumbers don't actually produce milkin the way that cows or nuts do, it does produce a weird white liquid which makes the cucumber taste bitter. Basically Perkfect described how the procedure works:
I don't know if you've ever had a cucumber that's a little bit bitter, like it just doesn't taste fresh. That's because you have to milk your cucumbers.
She then started to cut off the tip of the cucumber and instructed:
Then you start rubbing it together in circular motions. Look at all that bitterness coming out… isn’t that gross? It look like cheese.
While this relatively R-rated trick may seem new and weird to us it has been highly common in countries such as Mexico and India for a long time because it really does work.
This is because cucumbers contain cucurbitacins which is a bitter chemical used to protect the cucumber from being eaten. This chemical is concentrated at the ends of the cucumber and can be extracted through 'cucumber milking'.