English or hothouse cucumbers are virtually seedless, uniformly shaped, self-pollinating and less bitter than other varieties. Often slightly more expensive, they are also said to be more easily digestible, since the seeds are smaller.
Cucumbers are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. This long, cylindrical, green-skinned fruit is a member of the gourd family. English cucumbers are usually eaten raw, as in salads, but may also be used for tea sandwiches or in chilled cucumber soup.
Choose firm fruit with smooth, brightly colored skins; avoid those with shriveled or soft spots.