Cucumis sativus, or more commonly known as cucumbers, are a summertime favorite and can be found at grocery stores, farmers markets, and roadside produce stands from July to September.
How to pick: Look for cucumbers that are firm and well-shaped with a solid green color and no signs of soft spots, yellowing, or puffiness. Cucumbers should be heavy for their size. Avoid cucumbers that are soft and light or have shriveled ends.
How to store: Fresh cucumbers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. Because cucumbers thrive in temperatures just over 40º F, keep them in a plastic bag on a shelf toward the front of the refrigerator, where it tends to be warmer.Fun Fact: While most people think of cucumbers as a vegetable, they are actually a fruit. They contain seeds and grow from the ovaries of flowering plants.