Cucumber probably originated in Africa and spread to Asia and the Middle East 3,000 years ago. The cucumber is listed among the foods of ancient Ur, and the legend of Gilgamesh describes people eating cucumbers. According to Pliny the Elder (The Natural History, Book XIX, Chapter 23), the Ancient Greeks grew cucumbers and there were different varieties in Italy, Africa, and Moesia. Today China produces 70 percent of the world’s cucumbers. Cucumbers have two market classes: fresh market types usually sold as whole fruit and processed types that are pickled using fermentation or short-brine methods. Delicious cucumber recipes.
Companions: bean, peas, sunflowers, radishes, corn, young orchards
Inhibitors: potatoes, aromatic herbs