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Cucumbers Are in Season

Cucumbers are in season in Florida between March and May and between October and December.1 Cucumbers are often pickled or eaten raw for a refreshing crunch. Look for them now at your local grocery store or farmers market.

Cucumber Fun Facts

  • Florida produces three kinds of cucumber: slicing cucumbers, which are used raw; pickling cucumbers, which are made into pickles; and greenhouse cucumbers, which are seedless.2
  • Florida produces twenty-two percent of the nation’s cucumbers.3
  • Hillsborough, Manatee, and Hardee counties are the top cucumber producing areas in Florida.2
  • Cucumbers are high in vitamin K and are very low in calories.4

  1. “Crops in Season,” Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, n.d., http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Consumer-Resources/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/Crops-in-Season
  2. Barbra C. Larson, Mark A. Mossler & O. Norman Nesheim, Florida Crop/Pest Management Profiles: Cucumbers, CIR1255, Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 2014, https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pi041
  3. Brad Buck, “UF/IFAS study: Mite might control pest that attacks Florida’s $125 million-a-year cucumber crop,” UF/IFAS News, 2015, https://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2015/12/ufifas-study-mite-might-control-pest-that-attacks-floridas-125-million-a-year-cucumber-crop/

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