TikTok users prove that you can milk cucumbers... and it makes them taste amazing

TikTok users have been testing out a strange food hack, milking cucumbers. While the technique may seem strange many claim that it takes the bitterness out of the fruit... yes it's a fruit.

While this sounds awfully like a desperate attempt at intimacy during lockdown, this cucumber trick really is about food.

Some TikTok users have been uploading videos of themselves milking cucumbers. Believe it or not, this is not a new trick and many claim that this actually relieves the cucumber of any bitterness.

TikTokuser Basically Perkfect shared the food hack on the platform and even admitted herself that she initially thought it was super weird:

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'.

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