And pretty much everyone knows the satisfying crunch cucumbers Cucumis sativus add to salads and sandwiches. From India to Spain to the US According to the University of Arizona , cucumbers are believed to have originated in India, which possibly explains raita, the cooling condiment served up from that nation, in which cucumber is a primary ingredient. Many sources credit him as the first to share cucumbers with this part of the world. From Hispaniola, the green fruit traveled north, where we have enjoyed them ever since except for a regrettable period in the late s when consuming raw fruits and vegetables was deemed to be dangerous! Long and Green, Round and Yellow Two main types of cucumber tempt our taste buds: Slicing These are the table cukes, the ones we enjoy in a salad or even a soup.
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Cucumbers: Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Cucumbers | The Old Farmer's Almanac
There are two types of cucumber plants: vining cucumbers and bush cucumbers. The growth of these plants is fast, and the crop yield is abundant if you care for them properly. Vining varieties grow up a trellis or fence. Bush cucumbers, however, are nicely suited to containers and small gardens. Make successive plantings every two weeks for continued harvests. Cucumbers require fertile soil. Improve clay soil by adding organic matter.