‘Milking’ a Cucumber Is TikTok’s Latest Trend—and We’re Not Sure How to Feel

It's supposed to draw out the bitterness for a fresh-tasting cucumber.

The internet is packed with helpful information from around the world. It’s also the largest collection of trends you never expected to see (like frog bread). The hot source for trends right now is video-sharing platform TikTok.

TikTok has another viral trend, and this time it’s… milking a cucumber!

How Do You ‘Milk’ a Cucumber?

It’s pretty simple, actually. According to TikTok user @basicallyperkfect, you start with a whole cucumber. You cut off one end of the cucumber, take that cut end and rub it against the open face of the whole cucumber.

During this process, a thicker, milky-white substance should form:

@basicallyperkfectmilking a cucumber?##healthheroes ##kitchenhacks ##cucumber ##fyp

♬ original sound – basicallyperkfect


We’re not quite sure how to feel about this, but it’s definitely, definitely interesting.

What Is Happening Here?

What’s that milk stuff foaming on the outside of the cucumber? Well, it has to do with bitterness. Your cucumbers have an organic substance called cucurbitacin—a bitter compound that is typically found in the roots and stem of the plant, but can also find its way into the cucumber itself. You’ll usually find varying amounts of this compound in store-bought cucumbers.

The act of ‘milking’ is apparently using the cucumber itself to draw out that naturally bitter compound. People swear by this process, so it’s worth testing at home. I was planning on making this cucumber salad for myself later, too!

Find More TikTok Food Trends

TikTok is an endless source of viral trends, like how to make vegan bacon or this hack for your breakfast sandwiches. You can always count on the internet to give for the best (and the most intriguing) stuff on the planet.

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