Crisp and fresh cucumbers, which belong to the gourd family, are most popular sliced raw or pickled. They are commonly used to add texture and succulence to a number of dishes, including fresh garden salads, tomato salads and delectable sandwiches.
Cucumbers were first discovered in India, where they have been domesticated for over 3,000 years. In the 1300s, they were brought to Europe via the famous Silk Road and then traveled on to the Americas in the 1500s. Today, cucumbers are the fourth most-widely grown vegetable crop in the world behind tomatoes, onions and cabbage. They can be grown in temperate regions across the globe, giving families like yours a great tasting source of vitamin C that's extremely low in calories (about 14 calories per cup).
Avoid cucumbers that are shriveled, yellow in color, or have soft spots. Look for firm, well-shaped cucumbers that have an even dark green color and uniform size.
Learn more about all of the cucumber varieties our growers offer below.