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Varieties of Cucumber

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The cucumber, or less formally cuke, is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is a creeping vine that bears cucumiform fruits that are used as vegetables.

English or European cucumber

Such type of Cucumbers would be seedless with soft skinned without spines and long (1-2 feet in length).cucumbers and have a mild flavor compared to many other types. Because they are grown in hot houses, they also tend to be more expensive.

Armenian cucumbers

Armenian Cucumbers called snakemelon or snake cucumber, have very long, twisted fruit with dark green, thin skin and pale green stripes the length of the fruit – which turns yellow and aromatic as it ripens and has a mild flavor.



Kyuri

These cucumbers also calledJapanese cucumbers, are slim, dark green with small bumps and thin skins. They are crisp and sweet with tiny seeds. I grew them last year and highly recommend them. They were the most delicious cucumber I have ever had and bore fruit for weeks.

Kirby cucumbers

Kirby Cucumbers is now a generic term for any small cucumber sold for pickling.  Kirby Cucumbers are sold fresh with skins unwaxed, because waxing would interfere with pickling. They are very crisp, because their seed cavity is so small and undeveloped, which also means they have fewer seeds than other cucumbers.



Lemon cucumbers

Don’t be fooled by this heirloom’s unusual shape-these bright yellow balls are excellent for salads and pickling. They have a clean, crisp taste and are never bitter. Normal-sized vines yield heavily and for a long time.

 

 

 

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