Cucumber is a summer vegetable, with elongate shape and 15cm long. Its skin is of a green colour, turning into yellow in maturation. Cucumbers originated in India almost 10,000 years ago, but are now cultivated in many countries. There are three main varieties of cucumber: slicing, pickling, and seedless. Cucumbers grown to eat fresh are called slicing cucumbers. The main varieties of slicers mature on vines with large leaves that provide shading. Pickling with brine, sugar, vinegar, and spices creates various, flavored products from cucumbers and other foods. Although any cucumber can be pickled, commercial pickles are made from cucumbers specially bred for uniformity of length-to-diameter ratio and lack of voids in the flesh. Seedless/ Burpless cucumbers are sweeter and have a thinner skin than other varieties of cucumber. They are reputed to be easy to digest and to have a pleasant taste.
Look for firm cucumbers, without blemishes or soft spots. They should be dark green without any yellow spots. Avoid any cucumber that has wrinkles.
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