Originally from southern Asia, cucumbers reached other parts of the world by being pickled and surviving the long trade routes to the Mediterranean, Northern Africa, and America. Today, fresh varieties are found in the markets, ranging in length from 6 to 20 inches, in various shades of green. This vegetable’s high water content, - inspiration for the saying “cool as a cucumber” - gives recipes a crisp, refreshing taste.

Cucumbers are very sensitive to heat, so choose ones that are displayed in a cool area. Cucumbers should be firm, rounded at their edges, of a bright medium to dark green hue. Thinner cucumbers will generally have less seeds than thicker ones.

Cucumbers can be eaten unpeeled and the seeds are edible. But if you wish to remove the seeds, cut the cucumber lengthwise and use a spoon to gently scoop them out. Cucumbers can be sliced, diced or cut into sticks. Adding cut raw cucumbers in leafy or mixed salads will enhance the meal’s texture and give it a cool taste.

In Season

June, July, August, September, October, November

Recipes with Cucumbers

Wild Salmon Toasts

Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen

Beer-Pickled Vegetables

Adam Dulye, Monk’s Kettle and Abbott’s Cellar

Watermelon, Cucumber, and Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad

Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans, The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook

Fall Bread Salad with Honey Sage Vinaigrette

Joshua Clever, Riviera Kitchen

Articles about Cucumbers

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Confused by terms like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO? We’ll help you sort them out.

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »