Cucumbers account for over 1.5 percent of retail produce sales. In addition to being a perfect crunchy addition to a salad, a cucumber’s skin contains fiber, which aids in digestion. The cucumber’s flesh contains some vitamin C, a cancer-fighting antioxidant. Cucumbers also contain silica, which helps create healthy skin.


  • Temperature: 45 to 50 F, 7 to 10 C
  • Relative humidity: 90-95%
  • Typical shelf life: 10 to 14 days
  • Ethylene-sensitive. Do not store or transport with commodities that produce ethylene.
  • Susceptible to chilling injury.


Cucumbers are:

  • Fat-free
  • Saturated fat-free
  • Sodium-free
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Low in calories