Cucumber is a tender, warm-season vegetable in the gourd family. They are sensitive plants, but produce well when given proper care and protection. The vines of standard varieties grow rapidly and require substantial space. Vertical training methods and new dwarf varieties now allow cucumbers to be grown for slicing, salads, and pickling, even in small garden plots.
Cucumbers are over 90% water, and are one of the most hydrating vegetables out there (although technically, they are a fruit).