Best to pick: When the cuke is anywhere from 11-15 inches, which takes about 55-75 days.
With its long, curved shape, the Armenian cucumber has gained the nicknames snake cucumber and snakemelon. The thin skin of an Armenian cucumber will be either a uniform shade of light green, or have light yellow and dark green pinstripes. Keep the skin on and eat on its own, or add to salads or a dip, like this 9-layer Greek dip.
Best to pick: English cucumbers are most commonly grown in a greenhouse, which makes them more expensive to buy. If you’re growing your own, wait until they are about 12-24 inches long.
English cucumbers typically come wrapped in plastic at the grocery store. It has a deep green hue and pinched ends. Sweet and mild, this seedless cucumber is perfect for chopped salads and canapes because you don’t have to scoop on the centers to prevent bogging down the recipe with excess water. This minty-watermelon and cucumber salad is the most refreshing way to eat this type of cuke.