Where does come from?
Since the dawn of emoji time, phallic objects and vegetables have been reliable stand-ins for male penises. (Don’t blame us, we’re only the messenger.)
The virtues of the cucumber as they relate to food go back 3,000 years, when India, soon followed by Greece and Italy, began growing the cucumiform (shaped like a cucumber) fruit. Yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable, and it belongs to the gourd family, growing on vines like their cousins, squash and melons.
The emperor Tiberius (14 AD to 37 AD) reportedly loved the fruit so much that he had the plant grown year round and demanded it on his table twice daily. They were probably smaller then, more like a gherkin, which is what the cucumber emoji is modeled after today.
The cucumber emoji was approved as part of Unicode 9.0 in 2016 and added to Emoji 3.0 in 2016.
Who uses ?
Social-media posts featuring salads, sushi rolls, and sexy pics are all places you might find the cucumber emoji. In texting, it’s as popular as the eggplant in representing male genitalia. Yeah. Along with corn cobs and baguettes.
Sorry, food! Especially when some of you just work so hard to be healthy and wholesome!
A new campaign to increase families’ fruit & vegetable consumption 🥒🍊 has been launched by EU project #Strength2Food partner & Croatia's largest supermarket chain, #Konzum. The fruit & veg promoted increased by 10-15% in sales! #5aDay https://t.co/GgPGDDWRXb pic.twitter.com/LmlkXk9oDS
— EU Food Health (@SciFoodHealth) November 26, 2018
We’re pretty sure these are pickles. But a a pickle is just … a pickled cucumber, right? Fun fact lesson for the day.