Botanically speaking, the cucumber is classified as a pepo, a type of botanical berry with a hard outer rind and no internal divisions.
Much like tomato and squash, it is often perceived, prepared and eaten as a vegetable.
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Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae.
Pollination for these cultivars degrades the quality.
In the United States, these are usually grown in greenhouses, where bees are excluded.
In a 100-gram serving, raw cucumber (with peel) is 95% water, provides 67 kilojoules (16 kilocalories) and supplies low content of essential nutrients, as it is notable only for vitamin K at 16% of the Daily Value (table).
Most cucumber cultivars, however, are seeded and require pollination.In general cultivation, cucumbers are classified into three main cultivar groups: "slicing", "pickling", and "burpless".Cucumbers grown to eat fresh are called slicing cucumbers.Thousands of hives of honey bees are annually carried to cucumber fields just before bloom for this purpose.Cucumbers may also be pollinated by bumblebees and several other bee species.