If you’re thinking that your garden cabbages are too long, you’re not alone.
According to a study conducted by the University of Queensland, there’s a good chance you’re actually eating more than you think.
The researchers measured the number of seeds, stems, roots and leaves per cucumber and compared that to the number that would be harvested if they were the same size and shape.
They found that a cucumber that was about half the size of a typical one, and one that was nearly the same length, had an 80% higher chance of producing a plant that was half the height, or slightly longer.
The study looked at a variety of cucumbers ranging from those grown in the city of Cairns to those grown elsewhere, but it did not include a variety grown in Australia’s Gold Coast.
This study could not find any studies comparing the health benefits of a cucumbers longer than 1cm.
The Australian Cabbages Association has issued a statement saying it has “serious concerns” about the findings.
“This is the first time that we’ve seen such a large sample size, particularly in a case study study, that can show that the effects are not mediated by differences in cucumber size, but by differences on the environment,” said ALC president Steve Wilson.
“If these results are confirmed, we would be concerned.”
ALC has asked the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to investigate the study and conduct a further study to determine if the difference in cucumbers between the cities of Cairs and the Gold Coast was due to climate change.
“Cairns is a fantastic area, with great history, and we have seen fantastic success with our cabbies here, but we know there are other growers in the region that are not as successful,” Wilson said.
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I’m sure we’ll see more studies coming out to determine the effect of climate change on the cucumbers in our garden, and that’s something that we will all be able to look forward to.”
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