I too have eaten cucs with the peel on my whole life, and thought the majority of nutrients came from the peel. I would love to try to incorporate more organic produce into my life, but here in Montana it's very difficult to find affordable choices at the grocery store. I guess as I become more educated and ask for helpful hints and tricks I may learn how to eat organic and save some money! Thanks everyone for the input. I am probably gonna keep on truckin the way I have been, until the local farmers market opens, then I know produce will be so much better tasting AND be less "fiddled" with.