The cucumber. It's a respected resident of sandwiches, gin and tonics and body moisturisers, but that could change very soon as the humble vegetable is on the brink of extinction.
The Cucumber Growers Association have reported that there are now fewer than 100 hectares of land dedicated to growing cucumbers, with many farmers either retiring or moving onto more lucrative crops.
And with major supermarkets like Tesco, Aldi and Lidl slashing their prices (because of cheaper imports from the Netherlands), there is a genuine fear that the veg will disappear.
The CGA and various farmers unions from Ireland and the UK have reported that there is little incentive to grow the crop anymore.
"Nobody in the supply chain is making anything from the production and sale of cucumbers. Without an increase in returns the cucumber industry won't be endangered – it will be extinct," said Joe Cappalonga, who heads fruit and vegetable wholesale for G&C Produce.
Is this goodbye to cucumbers?
Busy schedules make it hard to get your six glasses of water a day. The good news is you don’t always have to drink your water. Believe it or not, you can also ‘eat’ it.
Here are some of the most hydrating foods you can eat.
This quench-your-thirst fruit is 90% water.
This refreshing summer veg contains 96.7% water – one of the highest of any solid food.
Yet another low-calorie green, this lightweight veg has a 95.4% water content.
This one isn’t very surprising is it? With a 94.5% water content, they are a great addition to a side salad.
While all bell peppers generally have a good water content, the green ones lead the way with a 93.9%. Both the red and yellow have 92% water in them.
So don’t be so hard on yourself if you skipped a glass, grab one of these and you’ll be fine!
It can be easy to get bored of drinking regular water on a daily basis, especially, if you are someone who tries to live by the ‘six glasses a day’ rule.
If you find it hard to drink water because you think it’s tasteless, here is a way you can add a bit of flavor to your water without turning it into an ‘unhealthy’ drink.
Just add a few slices of cucumber to your water and feel your body refresh.
Since cucumbers have a 95% water content, they do a great job in hydrating the body. Some people find that cucumber water is a great substitute for sweet drinks, tea and in extreme cases, coffee.
As well as keeping your body hydrated, cucumber water can help with weight loss, digestion and more importantly, it’s an effective hangover cure.
Try some cucumber water – your body will love you for it.
Waking up to dark circles is never a great way to start the day. Instead of running to your make-up kit and sweeping the problem under the rug, take a look at the things you have in your kitchen – you’ll be surprised by how fast home remedies can conquer those dark circles.
When cooled down, tea bags can work like magic on your eyes. Place a teabag on each eye while they’re still moist and then relax and let them do their thing. After 15 mins, give your face a splash of water and pat it dry to see the difference.
This one always seems to shock people, but cold spoons can actually help with dark circles. Put two metal spoons in the freezer for a couple of hours and then when they’re cold enough, place the curved side of each spoon on your eyes. You will start to see a change as you do this.
If in doubt, take the traditional route – it never fails. Put a slice of cucumber on each of your eyes for 10-15 minutes and relax. Your eyes will thank you for it!