This was a total experiment, but I just had to pick it up because I had a hunch my kids would go for a fruit that looked like (and is named after) a dinosaur. It was so spiky that even after digging around online, I still have no idea how you’re supposed to eat it. If you go to the Cuke-asaurus website, most of the pictures show it hollowed out as a vehicle for alcoholic drinks and vegetable dips. Seems like a potential gold mine for the farmers – a $4 vegetable that has very few practical applications. Or maybe it was a stroke of genius to create something that looks like a dinosaur. Because the kids are still hounding me to get another one.
ME: Apparently this is called a Cuke-asaurus. Maybe because it looks like a dinosaur cucumber.
ME: What do you think it looks like?
LAUREN: A blow up fish and a spiky dinosaur’s body.
ME: Yes. Great description. What do you think Sam?
SAM: Uh, the dinosaur’s fire.
ME: That’s a really good one too.
ME: What do you think it feels like?
LAUREN: It’s pretty sharp, and it feels like kind of knife-ish.
ME: Ok, now give it to Sam. Sam’s turn. OK, Sam’s starting to breath fire because you won’t let him touch it. He’s like a real dinosaur.
(Lauren finally passes)
SAM: It feels like, uh, prickly fire.
ME: What do you think it looks like on the inside?
LAUREN: A smooth plate-ish. A smooth circlish thing.
ME: When you shake it does it make a sound?
EMMA: (grabs it) Waaaaah (crying), hurt the finger!!
ME: I know, it has spikes, it hurts when you touch it.
ME: OK, let me cut it open. What does it look like?
LAUREN: It looks like a yellow cucumber inside.
ME: Now how on earth do you eat this thing?
LAUREN: Let me smell it. It smells like dazzling roses.
SAM: It smells like peanuts.
ME: Maybe we should eat it with a spoon- I don’t know how you eat it with that spiky outside.
EMMA: Uh, peanuts.
ME: What do you think Lauren, do you like it?
LAUREN: I like it!
SAM: This smells like goo.
ME: What do you think?
LAUREN: Pretty good.
SAM: When are you going to eat the nuts? (I’m finally figuring out that the nuts are the seeds).
Postscript: Sam ended up eating this thing over the course of three days, taking a few bites ever so often with a spoon. If you want your kids to eat cucumbers, try starting them on one that looks like a dinosaur. Strangely enough it worked wonders.
Imagine if cicadas came in dinosaur shapes…
They actually bear a strong resemblance. Both have fangs and claws. Cicadas are like the vegetarian dinosaurs: scary but won’t harm.