Hot on the heels of cadmium contaminated rice comes the latest health warning. It seems that cucumbers grown in the Shandong Province may contain artificial growth hormones. Farmers produce the liquid hormone using compounds from birth control pills. Although the effects of eating such cucumbers have not been confirmed, it is safe to say that everyone should stay away from them.

These cucumbers with hormones are actually very easy to identify as the flower on top of the cucumber remains healthy, due to the effects of the growth hormones. The hormone injected cucumbers also taste horrible.

Cucumbers with yellow flowers were very popular in wet markets in Jiaonan City, Shandong. The vegetables were considered tender and fresh. “People in the industry all know these cucumbers contain hormones,” a dealer selling cucumbers at a wet market told Qingdao Morning Post. The growth hormone is also available at the market. The seller boasted that the growth hormone makes the cucumber mature 50 percent faster and keeps the flower from drying up.

via Shanghai Daily.

Hope you had a happy Valentine’s day.

This year’s flower prices were a lot higher mainly due to inflation and the lack of supply. This hasn’t deterred many Chinese, who are determined to express their love, from buying flowers for their significant half. Nothing says I love you more than flower’s and gifts that is worth a month’s salary.

Someone, has thought of a healthier and more creative alternative. Meet this bouquet of vegetables…

This bouquet not only looks nice, but is very economic and healthy. Instead of letting flowers slowly wither away, you can actually take the vegetables and prepare a healthy meal!

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