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Cucumber is a type of squash, but rarely thought of as such. Cucumbers come in a wide variety of types: ridged cucumber (ridge cucumber) with a tough skin and fresh flavour that is grown on raised ridges of soil, hot-house cucumber, which is long and smooth-skinned, grown in hot-houses and watery to taste (basically, tasteless). Cucumber is eaten fresh in salads or mixed in with yoghurt or sour cream as a side dish, e.g. the Indian raita dish. Cucumbers, also, come pickled, salted and are used in soups.

Further Reading

Dowell, P., Bailey, A. (1980) The Book of Ingredients, Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0718119150.