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squash, zucchini, cucmbers

Answered on January 13, 2016
Created March 27, 2012 at 5:06 AM

are they paleo? and what exactly is the difference

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:41 PM

(I was being snarky...) What!? No bacon?? Oh man, that's the last straw - I am quitting paleo and going back to donuts, pizza and beer. After all, donuts = pizza.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:18 AM

who cares? Bacon didn't, either.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:17 AM

of course it is. I knew that. Facepalm.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Cucumber: family Cucurbitaceae, type of gourd! Genus w/ the musk melon. Thank you plant ecology fun fact I thought there was no way would ever be useful.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:19 PM

@gydle , actually technically zucchini is a squash ;) Summer variety!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:58 PM

The questions just keep getting worse...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:57 PM

Did they exist 20,000 years ago?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:18 AM

The difference? well zucchini and cucumbers are long and green. Squash comes in many different sizes, shapes and colors. They all grow on vines.

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on March 27, 2012
at 12:36 PM

Hey Tom! Sounds like you're new - or hoping you are and not just attempting to be sly :)

Anyway - eating whole real food is what you're after.. and yes, squash fit into that category.

Some good resources: Whole 9/Whole 30 breaks things down nicely. Check out the blogs by Paul Jaminet, Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, et al. Primal Blueprint is popular. And yes - you can literally google "paleo vegetables" and loads of results will come back :)

And to answer your question:

  • Zucchini and cucumber are both members of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae, which includes melons, squashes and gourds.
  • The cucumber is not very sweet and is part of the melon family
  • Zucchini is a variety of summer squash
  • Cucumbers contain more water. Zucchini have a meatier, stringier texture
  • You can eat either of them raw or pickled but the zucchini is great cooked

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:48 AM

Well they're vegetables so yea. I eat cucumbers plain, zucchini fried or steamed and squash is more a broad term. You get loads of different varieties just to confuse you more. But really just try them to find out for yourself. Or you know... try Google.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Zucchini are squash (they are known as "summer squash", along with other varieties). A cucumber is a gourd, I believe.

As vegetables, they are 100% paleo. Enjoy.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Cucumber: family Cucurbitaceae, type of gourd! Genus w/ the musk melon. Thank you plant ecology fun fact I thought there was no way would ever be useful.

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on January 13, 2016
at 04:09 AM

They are not paleo.  All edible members of the Cucurbitaceae family are native only to the Americas, and thus were not eaten by humans until the populating of America about 12,000 years ago, about the same time agriculture was developed in the Mideast.  And if you are not of Native American descent, your ancestors would not have eaten them until 1492 at the earliest.  The problem with Cucurbits is they contain a poison called cucurbitacin.  It is lethal in wild varieties, but the effects of the lower doses found in domesticated varieties is not well known.  The Cucurbitaceae family includes pumpkins, squash, zucchini, cucumber, melon, and watermelon.

I've never heard of a paleo dieter who didn't eat them, and I don't think anybody knows just what harm might come of eating cucurbitacin.  So if you are into strict paleo, eating only those foods paleolithic people ate that definately are safe, then don't eat them.  However, if you are happy to eat what all other paleo dieters eat, unless you know for sure it is harmful, then go ahead and eat them.  I, personally, don't make a big deal about them.  I eat them, but only rarely.

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on March 27, 2012
at 10:35 AM

how would they not be paleo?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on March 28, 2012
at 06:18 AM

who cares? Bacon didn't, either.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 27, 2012
at 02:57 PM

Did they exist 20,000 years ago?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 29, 2012
at 02:41 PM

(I was being snarky...) What!? No bacon?? Oh man, that's the last straw - I am quitting paleo and going back to donuts, pizza and beer. After all, donuts = pizza.

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on March 27, 2012
at 09:40 AM

Mmmm. We had zuchinni sautéed in bacon grease and coconut oil with dinner lat night :-D

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