And comes a day when inhabitants of Istobensk village congratulate one another on a nice harvest of cucumbers. Many of us like the vegetables. But have you ever thought of the labor that was invested?
Every cucumber grower must come through the rite of initiation.
Cucumber is a mere mystery. Till now there has been a tradition according to which nobody including members of the family and neighbors should see how the first vegetables are planted. Otherwise they will turn yellow. Cucumbers are gathered in the morning due to their strange property of growing at night.
The pap of one large cucumber is removed and the formed cavity is filled with vodka. A person who is willing to be come a professional grower must drink the vodka and eat the cucumber. In case he still stands on his legs after that he becomes a member of the club. However, only an indigenous inhabitant of the village will join the ranks.
The vegetable even has a patron of its own who is responsible only for its growth. His name is St. Thalelaeus.