Posted Friday February 24th 2023
Cultivated for at least 3,000 years, the cucumber originated from India, where a great many varieties have been observed. It was probably introduced to Europe by the Greeks or Romans. Records of cucumber cultivation appear in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century, and in North America by the mid-16th century.
- Annual Plant
- Grows on most continents
- Many different types grown commercially
- Traded on the global market
- Creeping vine plant
- Bears cylindrical to spherical fruits.
- The vine has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruits.
- Cucumber is roughly cylindrical, but elongated with tapered ends, and may be as large as 24-inches long and 4-inches in diameter
- Three main types of cucumber
Cucumbers grown to eat fresh are called slicing cucumbers
Commercial pickles are made from cucumbers specially bred for uniformity of length-to-diameter ratio and lack of voids in the flesh
Burpless cucumbers are sweeter and have a thinner skin than other varieties of cucumber. They can grow as long as 2-feet, are nearly seedless, and have a delicate skin.