Culture, Foreign

A Male Cucumber?

In the town of Makhisa, in Iraq, there isn’t one refrigerator, or a TV set, or a pack of cigarettes. Its residents, who’re Sunni extremists, believe that they shouldn’t possess anything that didn’t exist in the early days of Islam.

They also assign genders to vegetables, and segregate them.

The aversion to mixing tomatoes and cucumbers is because cucumbers are viewed as a male vegetable, and tomatoes as female, and mixing them in a box is seen as lascivious.

h/t: NYT

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