How to Pick a Cucumber From Your Garden

By Shannon Gosney
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August 22, 2008
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We’ve been growing cucumbers in our garden and it seemed like they just grew overnight. Today, they were finally big enough for me to pick – well, one was.

I let it grow to the size of an average cucumber you’d see in the grocery store. I was waiting for the tiny spikes on the outside of the cucumber to go away, but found that washing it with a wash cloth or green scrub pad took the spikes right off.

You don’t want the cucumber to get too big, otherwise you’ll end up with mostly seeds and pulp. So pick them when they are about 8 inches longer – probably no longer than 10 inches.

The cucumber in our garden

Go to the vine and hold on to the cucumber while squeezing the stem (attached to the cucumber) until the cucumber breaks free. This way you are not damaging the vine and are creating a new start for another cucumber.

Wash your cucumber off (removing the little spikes) and serve up with salad or eat on the side!

**INTERESTING FACT: Cucumbers are both a fruit and a vegetable. Cucumbers are part of the gourd family (like squashes) and in the same genus as muskmelons (a fruit).**

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

2 Responses to “How to Pick a Cucumber From Your Garden”

  1. Misha says:

    You have a ton of cucumbers from your garden! I love cucumbers with a bit of salt, they are so yummy!

  2. Shannon says:

    I must confess – we have like 3 cucumbers, I just thought this google picture made it look a little more professional looking πŸ™‚

    Homegrown cucumbers are the best!

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