No, this is not actually another in the neglected Fruits series, although I assure you that the cucumber is indeed a fruit.
Rather, it is prompted by a terrific observations by Erik Voeten at The Monkey Cage:
In Dutch the word “komkommertijd” (“cucumber time”) is used to describe the period when newspapers put stories about goats on the Congressional cemetery on the front page because politicians are on vacation. In the UK they call this “silly season” whereas in the U.S. (according to the almighty Wikipedia) “slow news season” is the accurate but dreadfully boring description of the phenomenon. [links in the original not included]
Briefly reviewing the apparent history of the term, Erik notes:
When the cucumbers were in season the gentry left town for the countryside and business was slow for tailors. Peculiarly, translations of the term appear in many languages: Sauregurkenzeit (German), agurktid (Norwegian), uborkaszezon , Okurková sezóna (Czech), Sezon ogórkowy (Polish), and Onat Ha’melafefonim (Hebrew). I can’t speak for all the languages, but in German it has the same meaning as in Dutch.
I agree wholeheartedly with Erik that this term very much deserves a comeback.
And, yes, for certain folks in other parts of the globe, it is most certainly not Cucumber Time just now.