TikTok made me do it: I tried cucumber and sugar and I’m shook

This Body+Soul writer tries out crazy TikTok trends so you don’t have to.

TikTok made me do it: I tried cucumber and sugar and I’m shook

This Body+Soul writer tries out crazy TikTok trends so you don’t have to.

I’m sure you’ve all seen it doing the rounds on social media – the infamous combination of cucumber and sugar that is supposed to taste like watermelon.

Before we get into the flavour and texture of this combo, can we first just say that there’s absolutely no reason on earth you’d do this other than to have your mind blown.

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Watermelon is a delicious fruit that does have natural sugars for a hit of sweetness as well as packing a whole lot of hydration (hence watermelon). It is nature’s candy and it sure as hell can make its way into a healthy diet.

However – adding refined white sugar to cucumber is a sure fire way to ruin your wellness regime. I mean, there’s no reason you’d switch up the natural sugars of an actual watermelon to opt for refined white sugar – it makes ZERO sense nutritionally.

That *small rant* aside, I do understand that this is more of a ‘I can’t believe it tastes the same’ trend rather than a swap-this-for-that, so we’re still going to give it a go and see if there’s any truth to the matter.

The taste test

I dip my freshly sliced cucumber into the sugar to taste – you guessed it – watermelon.

This viral trend does actually work, who knows how or why but it honestly did taste good and I did polish off the plate of cucumber that I’d made.

The texture leaves a little something to be desired, it doesn’t have that kind of crumbly fibre texture that watermelon has, but the flavour was close. Not 100%, but VERY reminiscent of watermelon.

It makes sense given watermelons and cucumbers are both fruits and belong to the ‘gourd’ family, which also includes pumpkins, various melon types, cucumbers, squash and other shelled-fruits.

If you think about it – watermelon rinds (which can be eaten by the way) look and taste quite a bit like cucumber, so it does stand to reason that the red part of the watermelon is just like a more edible, sweeter version.

Would I try it again?

Absolutely not. As someone who is trying to increase their consumption of wholefoods and decrease consumption of refined foods, eating straight up sugar smothered on a cucumber isn’t really my vibe.

However, I suppose if I was craving a watermelon flavour during the off season or if I didn’t have any at home it’s a good trick to know.

We hear on the grapevine that sugar on tomatoes tastes like strawberries? So maybe we’ll need to try that one next.