Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely-cultivated creeping vine plant in the Cucurbitaceae gourd family that bears cucumiform fruits, which are used as vegetables.
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There are three main varieties of cucumber—slicing, pickling, and burpless/seedless—within which several cultivars have been created.
Long, slender, dark green cucumbers. The slender, refined "Marketmore look" has long been the standard for slicing cucumbers in the North. 8–9" fruits stay uniformly dark green even under weather stress. Begins bearing late, but picks for a relatively long time. High resistance to scab; and intermediate resistance to cucumber mosaic virus, and powdery mildew.
The most popular pickling cucumber variety to create pickles of all sizes. Cucumber seeds grow into a very productive plant and cucumbers grow to be about 6" long when fully mature. The straight, symmetrical produce has an attractive green color and firm, tender flesh.
Spacemaster Cucumber seeds grow into bushes of compact vines and runners which make this cucumber plant require only a third of the space normally needed for growing cukes. This slicing cucumber varieties fruits are sweet tasting and dark green in color. Mosaic-resistant cucumber plants produce some heavy yields!
Delicious eaten in the garden, packed into a lunch box, or added to salad, these crunchy, Persian, mini-cucumbers will be eaten up quickly. But don't worry, you'll be able to harvest plenty more 4" fruit from the high-yielding plants. Excellent for short seasons, tolerates both cool and hot temperatures, and fruit is produced without pollination. Disease resistant.
Tendergreen Cucumber is a vining burpless variety that should be grown in every garden.
Excellent for slicing, these cucumbers are very smooth and sweet. Skin is not bitter and the entire cucumber can be eaten without peeling. This heavy yielding cucumber variety should be picked when 3"-5" long.
Muncher Cucumbers grow strong, vigorous vines full of delicious burpless cucumbers.
A slicer cucumber variety, it produces prolific, tender, burpless cucumbers that aren't bitter or tough. These disease resistant cucumbers can even be eaten raw like an apple.
The Poinsett 76 Cucumber is a great slicing cucumber, as it is delicious cut up in salads or on sandwiches. This cucumber variety produces thick beautiful dark green fruits. The sun-loving Poinsett 76 will get to be 6-8 inches long when mature. This organic favorite is resistant to most cucumber diseases such as downy mildew, powdery mildew, angular leaf spot and anthracnose.
A great slicing cucumber, these perfectly straight garden favorites have thick, sweet, mild flesh with excellent flavor that makes this a superb choice for salads or for dipping.
If picked when they are small, these cukes are good for pickling, too. Defined as an heirloom cucumber because home gardeners keep on growing this old favorite for its large, flavorful fruits! Straight Eight Cucumbers are a vining cucumber plant.