A cucumber is a plant of the gourd family, akin to squash. It propagates as a ground-creeping vine which then uses tendrils to climb up more sturdy plants (or stands, like trellis). It produces a roughly cylindrical fruit up to 60 cm long. The fruit is generally eaten green (unripe) as its yellow, ripe form is far more bitter. Technically it is a fruiting plant rather than a vegetable, as it develops its seed enclosed and from a flower.
Some sources say that it had a poor reputation because the French ate it, and had periodic fevers, which may actually have bene due to the greater extent of swamp land in medieval France.
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