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Happel clearly presupposes the reader's awareness of possible sexual application of phallic vegetables; otherwise, he would have to be more specific in his narration than the tactful expression "abuse the intact cucumber" suggests.
Falkner, Silke R. (2004). "Having It off" with Fish, Camels, and Lads: Sodomitic Pleasures in German-Language Turcica Journal of the History of Sexuality 13(4) pp. 401-427.