When you think of a cucumber do you think first of a salad or of pickles?
How you intend to use them should be taken into consideration before you choose what type(s) to grow.
Note by the botanical names that some of these varieties are not technically cucumbers, which are Cucumis sativus; but they are used as cucumbers so we listed them as well.
Here HL refers to both heirloom and open pollinated, where F1 refers to any hybrid.
|Variety||Botanical name||Appearance||Harvest||HL or F1||Best Use|
|Lemon||Cucumis sativus||Round whitish yellow||2" diameter||HL||Fresh eating|
|Armenian||Cucumis melo||Cylindrical pale green with ribs||2" width||HL||Fresh eating|
|West Indian Gherkin||Cucumis anguria||Small medium green with spikes||2-3"||HL||Pickling|
|Tasty Jade||Cucumbis sativus||Cylindrical dark green||12"||F1||Suitable for greenhouses|
|Marketmore||Cucumbis sativus||Cylindrical dark green||9"||HL||Slicing fresh|
|Boston Pickling||Cucumis sativus||Medium green smooth skin||6"||HL||Pickling whole or sliced|
|Longfellow||Cucumis sativus||Cylindrical dark green||12-14"||HL||Fresh or pickle slices|
|Sikkim||Cucumis sativus||Dark red||Several pounds in weight||HL||Fresh eating|
|Tendergreen Burpless||Cucumis sativus||Medium green||6-12"||HL||Fresh eating|
There are very many more types than just these.
Do you have a favorite one to grow?