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Cucumbers are commonly mistaken for vegetables. But in fact they are fruits, specifically berries.
The long, green berries of the cucumber plant are what you usually find in your salads and sandwiches.
They are made up of over 90% water, making them excellent for staying hydrated.
A creeping vine that has roots in the ground and stems that climb using thin, curly tendrils for support. It has large leaves and bright yellow flowers that form long, green fruit with tapered ends.
Beauty and cosmetics
Cucumbers are sometimes used in hydrating hair care products due to their high-water concentration.
Food and drink
Cucumber fruits can be eaten raw in salads and sandwiches, or some varieties are pickled. Gherkins and cornichons are young, pickled cucumbers.
Did you know?
Cucumber plants rely on bees for pollination. The bees spread pollen from the male parts of flowers on one plant to the female parts of flowers on another plant so that they can produce fruits and seeds that give rise to the next generation of plants.
Cucumbers are often bred to produce fruit without pollination and fertilisation (parthenocarpy), which makes the fruit seedless.
Cucumbers belong to the same family as squashes, pumpkins, and watermelons.
Where in the world?
Grows best in warm and humid climates with plenty of sun and well-drained soil.