In many countries around the world, cucumbers form an essential and much-loved part of a classic salad. In South Korea, however, there’s a growing movement of people who just can’t stand them. One Korean “Cucumber Hater” Facebook page even has over 100,000 likes, and K-Pop idols are no exception to this food hate train. Here are 10+ idols who would balk if you ever offered them cucumbers.
1. Baekhyun (EXO)
EXO’s Baekhyun hates the smell of cucumbers so much, not only does he avoid eating them, he won’t even use beauty products that contain cucumber.
2. Lia (ITZY)
In a recent interview with MTV News, ITZY’s Lia revealed the strange reason why she hates cucumbers: “It tastes like electricity… it tastes like microwave”.
3. Momo (TWICE)
TWICE’s Momo dislikes watery fruits and vegetables in general. Alongside hating cucumber, she also avoids melon.
4. Doyoung (NCT)
NCT’s Jaehyun once revealed that Doyoung is another person who can’t stand cucumber. He doesn’t have an allergy, but he hates the smell, even when it’s in a cucumber mask pack.
5. Youngjae (GOT7)
GOT7’s Youngjae doesn’t just dislike cucumbers; he’s actually allergic to them. If he eats cucumbers or pickles, he breaks out in a rash, and even the smell puts him off.
6. Seungkwan (SEVENTEEN)
Seungkwan’s biggest fruit and vegetable hates are tomatoes and cucumber. Fellow SEVENTEEN member Dino also shares his dislike for cucumbers.
On an episode of JTBC’s Please Take Care Of My Refrigerator, Somi revealed she once went on a diet where she only ate cucumbers. As a result, raw cucumbers are the only vegetable she can’t stand to eat.
8. Wooyoung (ATEEZ)
At a fansign back in 2019, someone asked ATEEZ’s Wooyoung which vegetable he’d be. He answered cucumber, which would make you think he likes it, but he actually went on to say it’s his most hated vegetable.
9. Taemin (SHINee)
SHINee’s Taemin once compared cucumbers with kimbap to rice mixed with cola—not a great combination. Fellow member Onew also hates cucumbers and watery fruits like melon.
10. Minhyuk (MONSTA X)
MONSTA X’s Minhyuk has such a severe case of cucumber hate, he can’t even eat cabbage kimchi if it’s been sitting next to cucumber kimchi.