A sliced cucumber

How to select

Choose firm, well-shaped cucumbers with dark green color, heavy for size.

How to prepare

  • Rinse the cucumber under running water. 
  • If desired, peel the skin off the cucumber using a vegetable peeler. 
  • Slice the cucumber horizontally into slices or vertically into sticks. 
  • Chop into smaller pieces if desired.

How to store

Refrigerate cucumbers in a plastic bag for up to one week.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Eat them raw as a snack, on a salad, in a soup, cooked, baked, or put them into dips.
  • Mix in thin slices of peeled, seeded cucumber for a cool, smooth addition to coleslaw.
  • Add some crunch to your lunch by stuffing them into a pita, tortilla, or sandwich.
  • Include cucumbers in your favorite pasta salad for a cool meal on a warm day.

Fun facts

  • Ever wonder where the saying “cool as a cucumber” comes from? The inside of a cucumber is approximately 20° F cooler than the outside.
  • Cucumbers are members of the gourd family, along with melons, pumpkins and squash.
  • The biggest cucumber on record was 67 inches long and weighed 154 pounds.

Nutrition facts and info

Cucumbers are 96% water and are a good way to stay hydrated. Cucumbers are naturally low in sodium and calories.

1 cucumber = 45 calories, 2 g protein, 11 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 48 mg calcium, 39 mg magnesium, 72 mg phosphorus, 442 mg potassium 

Learn more

Growing cucumbers in home gardens  (UMN Extension)

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FoodData Central. Cucumber, with peel, raw. April 2018.