Why Are Aldi Shoppers Posting Random Lonely Cucumber Pictures?

Last Updated on June 18, 2022

This is a cucumber.Aldi Cucumber

That, in and of itself, is not especially significant. I mean, cucumbers are just a vegetable, and not a particularly special or even popular one, at that. No one breaks down the grocery store doors to get a cucumber.

This is a cucumber at Aldi.

Aldi Cucumber

Farmer’s Best Cucumbers, sold at Aldi. Currently 59 cents apiece.

This is also not particularly significant. However, we noticed recently that Aldi cucumbers have apparently become … well, a thing.

As in, random people posting random pictures of cucumbers online.

They look a little like this.

Aldi Cucumber

Credit: Rachael Johnston

Now, most of the cucumber pictures we’ve seen aren’t in the store: they’re outside. Cucumbers on empty carts are apparently popular. So are cucumbers on sidewalks, or on street corners, or in the bagging area.

Random? Yes.

Ridiculous? Sure.

Classic example of a viral internet thing? Definitely.

So …

Where Did This Come From?

While I’m sure there’s probably some example of ancient people carving random vegetables into stone — to say nothing of more recent still life paintings — I can’t pin down any particular event that launched the random lonely cucumber phenomenon.

The earliest reference I could find of a random cucumber was this — well, random — blog post in 2006:

A screenshot. (Source)

I also found this short-lived and now-dormant Twitter handle from 2014:

Another screenshot. (Source)

People, it seems, find the idea of a random cucumber funny. Maybe it’s because cucumbers are such an ordinary vegetable and there is this unexpected humor in finding an ordinary vegetable just sitting there. Maybe there’s a little bit of VeggieTales influence on the idea that the cucumber is more than just a vegetable. Either way, at some point the notion of a cucumber as a prop became a thing.

The Facebook Cucumber Trend:

The more recent appearance of random cucumbers, particularly Aldi random cucumbers, seems to have taken flight in Aldi fan groups on Facebook. The earliest examples I can find are from early 2021:

On Facebook. (Source)

Here’s another one from a different Facebook group, later on that year:

Another example. (Source, although the group is currently private)

When I did a search on Facebook for photos before 2021, I came up empty. If this was a thing with Aldi fans before then, I can’t find it.

What’s more, when I scoured the comments of various cucumber photos from 2021 looking for someone to explain where this all came from, I also came up empty. There were certainly others asking the same question, but no one had any answers. 

Also of note: the trend seems to have gained new life in mid-2022, spurred on by a handful of viral Facebook posts, including this one, which was subsequently copied into one of the larger Aldi Facebook groups. For that reason, there seems to be an uptick in the number of photos on Facebook in 2022, especially the summer of 2022, compared to 2021.

If it’s like most trends, I would assume it will probably fizzle out with time. But for now, it appears that rogue cucumbers will be popping up on social media for the near future.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at joshuaajohnston.com.

One Comment

  1. “Why Are Aldi Shoppers Posting Random Lonely Cucumber Pictures?”

    To scare their cats, of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXv44YL_Gio

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