Part of my lunch included cucumbers. I noticed a pepper grinder nearby and thought I would put pepper on my cucumber. When I tried it, it did not feel spicy. Does cucumber inhibit spice? If it does, is it because a cucumber is 96% water?

  • …or maybe the pepper was a year old or more & had lost all its punch & aroma.
    – Tetsujin
    Jul 27, 2023 at 15:38
  • @Tetsujin I tried it without cucumber and it was spicy. Jul 27, 2023 at 15:40
  • You're saying that pure pepper tasted more strongly of pepper than pepper mixed with something else did?
    – Sneftel
    Jul 27, 2023 at 15:43

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Yes and no.

Any food eaten together with any spice will "reduce" the flavor of that spice due to dilution with other flavors. Cucumbers are not special in this regard.

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