The long, thin, green-skinned fruits have a translucent white pulp, containing seeds embedded in a gelatinous core. They have a very high water content, so the flesh is very cool and refreshing to eat.

The cucumber plant originated in Northern India.

CUCUMBER are classed as a fruit.


Although they can be cooked, cucumbers are usually eaten raw. They can be used in salads, sandwiches, dips or soups.

Nutritional Information

Typical values per 100g (raw): energy 15 kcal, 64 kJ protein 1.0g carbohydrate 3.0g fat 0g.


Slice into rounds, cut into sticks or cubes or shave into ribbons using a potato peeler.


Store in a refrigerator, in the salad compartment.


Look for cucumbers that are firm, well-shaped and have a bright, even dark green colour. Avoid cucumbers that are shrivelled, yellow in colour or have soft spots.

Fun Fact

Cucumbers are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. It was believed by some that cucumbers were poisonous and they would scrape the skin with a fork to let the poisons out Cucumbers are botanically classed as fruit.


Shown below is where this item grows in the world and where it may come from when you buy it at your supermarket or local shop.