With so many different varieties of cucumber, Cucumis sativus, available, it can be hard to know which one to pick.

Cucumbers are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, and are usually divided into two groups: slicing and pickling.

Slicing varieties can grow up to 12 inches long, and are best enjoyed fresh, on sandwiches or salads. Pickling types are typically much shorter, up to six inches long.

“Burpless” types are usually thin-skinned, seedless, and do not contain cucurbitacin, the compound responsible for the bitter flavor.

In this guide, we take a look at some of the best cucumber varieties to grow in your summer vegetable garden.

Slicing

Slicing varieties are grown predominantly for fresh-eating, they are normally smooth skinned, with tender flesh.

1. Ashley

This heirloom cultivar is a prolific producer of dark green, six to eight-inch fruits, with a slight taper on the stem end.

A vining variety, ‘Ashley’ was bred by the South Carolina Truck Experimental Station, Charleston, in 1956 for the southern fresh produce market. It is a cross between ‘Puerto Rico 40’ and ‘Marketer.’

‘Ashley’

Fruits are ready to harvest in 65 days, and as this cultivar is resistant to downy mildew, it’s a good option for growers in hot, humid conditions.

Find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

2. Burpless #26

This hybrid vining variety produces thin fruits up to 12 inches long, but are usually best if they are picked at eight or 10 inches.

A close up of a long Cucumis sativus growing in the garden, surrounded by foliage. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo with text.

‘Burpless #26’

With thin, dark green skin, and mild flesh with no hint of bitterness, this variety is resistant to downy mildew and mosaic virus.

Long vines will require staking or trellising. Ready to harvest in 50 days, regular picking will encourage the vines to produce more fruit.

You can find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at True Leaf Market.

3. Bush Champion

‘Bush Champion’ is a prolific producer of eight to 11-inch fruit on compact plants. This hybrid bush type cultivar delivers straight, crisp, bright green cucumbers in just 60 days.

A close up of a wicker basket filled with Cucumis sativus 'Bush Champion' with tomatoes scattered around, set on the ground in the garden.

‘Bush Champion’

Ideal for container growing or raised bed gardening, this Burpee exclusive is resistant to mosaic virus.

Find packets of 60 or 150 seeds available at Burpee.

4. Dasher II

‘Dasher II’ is a dark green hybrid cultivar with excellent disease resistance. Vigorous vines produce slim, eight-inch white-spined fruit in 55-60 days.

‘Dasher II’

Best grown on a fence or trellis for easy harvest. Straight, uniform fruits have high resistance to scab and moderate resistance to mosaic virus, leaf spot, and powdery mildew.

You can find seeds available from David’s Garden Seeds via Amazon.

5. Diva

A winner of the All-America Selections award in 2002, ‘Diva’ is a hybrid cultivar that produces semi-glossy, thin-skinned fruits of six to eight inches long.

‘Diva’ is a mostly seedless variety with a sweet, mild flavor. High yields on vigorous vines are ready to harvest in 58 days.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Diva' set on a wooden chopping board. To the bottom right of the frame is a black circular logo with text.

‘Diva’

This cultivar is resistant to scab, and tolerant to downy and powdery mildew.

You can find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at True Leaf Market.

6. Early Pride

‘Early Pride’ is a hybrid cultivar that bears dark green, straight fruits of eight to nine inches long.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Early Pride' set on a wooden surface and sliced.

‘Early Pride’

Bred by Burpee, plants are resistant to powdery mildew and mosaic virus. Vines grow vigorously up a trellis or frame and produce an abundant harvest.

With a mild flavor, these burpless cucumbers are ready to pick in 55 days.

You can find packets of 30 seeds available at Burpee.

7. Fanfare

‘Fanfare’ is a hybrid cultivar producing slim, eight to nine-inch, uniform fruits with excellent texture and flavor.

‘Fanfare’

Short, two to two and a half feet semi-determinate vines produce high yields in just 63 days. Ideal for container growing on the patio, this All-America Selections winner (1994) has deep green skin and sweet flesh.

You can find seeds available from Hazzard’s Seeds via Amazon.

8. General Lee

Bred specifically for the south, ‘General Lee’ is a prolific hybrid cultivar with straight, eight to nine-inch fruits with dark green skin.

‘General Lee’

Vigorous, robust vines will require staking for straight, uniform fruits that mature in 66 days. This variety is especially well-suited to growers in hot climates, and has above average drought tolerance.

‘General Lee’ is resistant to scab, powdery mildew, and mosaic virus.

You can find seeds available from David’s Garden Seeds via Amazon.

9. Marketer

‘Marketer’ is an open-pollinated variety with a sweet, mild flavor. A winner of the All-America Selections award in the edibles category in 1943, it’s ideal for hot, humid southern climates.

Dark green, smooth, slender fruits grow eight to nine inches long on vigorous vines and are ready to pick after 55 days.

A close up of a pile of Cucumis sativus 'Marketer' in a wicker basket.

‘Marketer’

‘Marketer’ was bred by Associated Seed Growers in Connecticut and is a cross between ‘Straight Eight’ and ‘Vaughan.’ It was first introduced in 1942.

You can find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

10. Marketmore 76

‘Marketmore 76’ is a popular heirloom cultivar with impressive disease resistance. Dark green, slender, thick-skinned fruits measure eight to nine inches long, and mature in 67 days.

The original ‘Marketmore’ variety was developed by Dr Henry Munger at Cornell University in 1968, and in 1976 released ‘Marketmore 76,’ a vigorous, open-pollinated strain.

A close up of three freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Marketmore 76' set on a wooden surface.

‘Marketmore 76’

With a crisp crunch and sweet flavor, this variety has a small seed cavity and lends itself to both slicing and pickling.

Resistant to powdery and downy mildew, leaf spot, mosaic virus, and scab, this is a reliable producer in warmer climates.

You can find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

11. Muncher

‘Muncher’ is an open-pollinated cultivar producing medium-sized fruit up to nine inches long. Ideal for slicing, immature fruit can be picked at four to five inches for pickling.

A close up of three Cucumis sativus 'Muncher' set on a white surface with a flower in the background. To the bottom right of the frame is a black circular logo with text.

‘Muncher’

Vigorous vines produce heavy yields of light green, smooth, burpless cucumbers that are mild and sweet in 65 days.

You can find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at True Leaf Market.

12. Poinsett 76

‘Poinsett 76’ was developed by Dr Henry Munger of Cornell University in 1976. Eight-inch fruits are tender, with crisp, white flesh and dark green skin.

A close up of a wicker basket with Cucumis sativus 'Poinsett 76' both whole and sliced.

‘Poinsett 76’

This hybrid cultivar is resistant to leaf spot, powdery and downy mildew, and anthracnose.

Strong, vigorous vines produce an abundance of burpless, mild cucumbers ideal for slicing or sandwiches.

You can find seeds available at Eden Brothers.

13. Salad Bush

‘Salad Bush’ is a compact, hybrid bush variety ideal for container growing. Dark green, eight-inch fruits are ready for harvest in 57 days.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Salad Bush' growing in the garden. To the bottom right of the frame is a white circular logo with text.

‘Salad Bush’

This cultivar was a winner of the All-America Selections award in the edible category in 1988.

‘Salad Bush’ is resistant to mosaic virus, downy mildew, scab, and leaf spot.

Find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at True Leaf Market.

14. Spacemaster

‘Spacemaster’ is an open-pollinated, compact bush variety that produces six to eight-inch, light green fruits in just 65 days.

Developed by Dr Henry Munger of Cornell University, this cultivar was first brought to market in 1980.

A close up of a small wicker basket with freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Spacemaster' set on a wooden surface.

‘Spacemaster’

Ideal for container growing, the crisp, non-bitter cucumbers can be used for slicing or harvested early for pickling.

Plants are resistant to mosaic virus, scab, and have moderate resistance to downy and powdery mildew.

You can find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

15. Straight Eight

‘Straight Eight’ is an heirloom cultivar that produces eight-inch, light green fruits with fine-grained flesh and great taste in just 65 days.

A close up of a sliced Cucumis sativus 'Straight Eight' set on a wooden chopping board.

‘Straight Eight’

The long, vigorous, trailing vines will appreciate support or trellising. ‘

Straight Eight’ was introduced to the market in 1935 by Ferry-Morse Seeds, and won the All-America Selections award in the edible category the same year.

You can find seeds available in a variety of packet sizes at Eden Brothers.

16. Sugar Crunch

A compact, hybrid cultivar, ‘Sugar Crunch’ produces an abundance of crisp, crunchy fruit with smooth, light green skin.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Sugar Crunch' in a metal basket.

‘Sugar Crunch’

Best picked when four to five inches long, they are ideal for slicing, with a sweet, mild flavor. They are also suitable for pickling.

Fruits mature in 57 days.

Find packets of 30 seeds available at Burpee.

17. Sweet Slice

‘Sweet Slice’ is a hybrid cultivar with ten to 12-inch, crisp, tender fruits with thin, dark green skin and sweet, mild flavor and no hint of bitterness.

‘Sweet Slice’

Ready for harvest in 55-62 days, ‘Sweet Slice’ produces burpless cucumbers that require no peeling.

Find seeds from Hometown Seeds via Amazon.

18. Sweet Success

‘Sweet Success’ is a seedless hybrid that produces 12- to 14-inch seedless, thin-skinned fruit with a mild, sweet taste.

An All-America Selections winner in the edible category in 1983, ‘Sweet Success’ grows on vigorous vines and is ready to harvest in just 54 days.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Sweet Success' in a wooden bowl.

‘Sweet Success’

‘Sweet Success should be grown on a trellis, staked. This cultivar is resistant to mosaic virus, scab, powdery mildew, and leaf spot.

Packets of 15 seeds are available at Burpee.

19. Tanja

‘Tanja’ is a highly productive, open pollinated cultivar that produces 12-inch slender cucumbers that are firm and crunchy.

Without a hint of bitterness, the flavor is mild, almost sweet.

A close up of freshly harvested Cucumis sativus sliced and set on green leaves.

‘Tanja’

Vigorous vines will require trellising to produce uniformly straight fruit.

Ready to pick in 60 days, plants continue to produce over a long harvest period.

Seeds are available from Territorial Seeds via Arbico Organics.

20. Tendergreen Burpless

Also known as ‘Burpless Tendergreen,’ this heirloom cultivar produces mild, burpless cucumbers with dark green skin, thin skin.

Best harvested at eight inches or less, ‘Tendergreen Burpless’ is suitable for slicing or pickling.

A close up of freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Tendergreen Burpless' set on a wooden surface.

‘Tendergreen Burpless’

Plants are vigorous growers, and are resistant to powdery and downy mildew. Harvest after 55 days.

Seeds are available in a variety of packet sizes from Eden Brothers.

Pickling

Pickling cucumbers are shorter, with more spines and typically have drier flesh with less water content. Some varieties are dual-purpose, suitable for both slicing and pickling.

21. Boston Pickling

‘Boston Pickling’ is an heirloom cultivar that is suitable for both pickling and slicing. Three to six-inch long, bright green fruits with crisp flesh grow on vigorous vines.

A close up of a pile of freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Boston Pickling' set on a white surface.

‘Boston Pickling’

This cultivar was first introduced by Wood and Sons in 1880. Cucumbers are ready to harvest after 55 days.

Find seeds available at Eden Brothers.

22. Burpee Pickler

A hybrid cultivar, ‘Burpee Pickler’ grows long, vigorous vines and produces heavy yields of black-spined, medium green three to five inch fruits with blunt tips.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Burpee Pickler' set on a countertop in the ktichen.

‘Burpee Pickler’

Tolerant to mosaic virus, fruits are ready to harvest in 53 days.

Find packets of 100 seeds available at Burpee.

23. Bush Pickle

‘Bush Pickle’ is a hybrid cultivar ideal for containers or smaller gardens. It has a compact, bushy growth habit, and produces a large number of light green, four to five-inch fruits.

A close up of a small Cucumis sativus growing in the garden, with a yellow flower to the left of the frame and a white circular logo with text at the bottom right.

‘Bush Pickle’

Sweet and tender fruits are ready for harvest after 50 days.

Find seeds in a variety of packet sizes at True Leaf Market.

24. Calypso

‘Calypso’ is a hybrid cultivar developed by the North Carolina Agriculture Research Station, and produces high yields of three-inch, firm fruit, an inch in diameter.

‘Calypso’

Dark green cucumbers with minimal white spine mature in 52 days, and are ideal for pickling but can also be grown for slicing.

‘Calypso’ exhibits resistance to powdery mildew, mosaic virus, and anthracnose.

Seeds are available from David’s Garden Seeds via Amazon.

25. Carolina

A hybrid cultivar, ‘Carolina’ is a compact, vining type with medium green fruits of three to four inches long.

A close up of a pile of freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Carolina' set on the ground in the garden.

‘Carolina’

Developed by Clemson University in South Carolina, disease-resistant plants produce high yields in just 55 days.

Find 100 seeds available from Everwilde Farms via Walmart.

26. Fancipak

A hybrid cultivar, ‘Fancipak’ produces uniform fruit with tender skin and a blocky shape.

‘Fancipak’

Medium to large vines with dense foliage protects the developing fruit from sunscald, which makes it a good choice for hotter climates.

Medium green, four-inch cukes are ready to harvest in 53-54 days.

Resilient plants are resistant to mosaic virus, downy and powdery mildew, scab, and anthracnose.

Find seeds available on Amazon.

27. Homemade Pickles

‘Homemade Pickles’ is an heirloom cultivar, also known as ‘Southern Homemade Pickles,’ is a vigorous bush variety that produces an abundance of five to six inch fruits.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Homemade Pickles' set on a wooden surface, pictured in bright sunshine with foliage in the background.

‘Homemade Pickles’

The crisp texture and sweet flavor make this variety a popular choice for pickling as well as fresh eating.

Harvest when small for baby sweet pickles. 55-60 days to full maturity.

Find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

28. Little Leaf H-19

Emerald green, three to five-inch fruits grow on compact, multi-branching vines. ‘Little Leaf H-19’ is a hybrid cultivar bred in 1991 at the University of Arkansas.

‘Little Leaf H-19’

Smaller than normal leaves improve visibility for harvesting, and plants can be grown in containers or in small space gardens.

Excellent both for pickling and fresh eating, this variety is resistant to mosaic virus, powdery and downy mildew, and scab.

Find seeds available from David’s Garden Seeds via Amazon.

29. National Pickling

Also known as ‘National Pickle’ or ‘National Association Pickling,; this cultivar was bred in 1924 by the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station for the National Pickle Packers Association.

Vigorous, medium length vines produce large yields of six-inch crispy, tender-skinned cucumbers.

A close up of a pile of Cucumis sativus 'National Pickling' set on a wooden tray.

‘National Pickling’

You can harvest two-inch baby gherkins for pickling, and larger fruits are also ideal for slicing.

Plants are resistant to mosaic virus and ready to harvest in 55 days.

Find seeds in a variety of packet sizes available at Eden Brothers.

30. Parisian

A French heirloom cultivar, ‘Parisian Pickling’ was first listed in seed catalogues in the US in 1892 by J. H. Gregory.

Used extensively in commercial production in Europe in the late 19th century, three to six-inch fruits grow on semi-vining plants.

A close up of a wicker basket containing a pile of freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Parisian.'

‘Parisian Pickling’

An All-American Selections winner in 2015, ‘Parisian Pickling’ is disease resistant and suitable for growing in containers and raised bed gardens. Ready to harvest in 55 days.

Find packets of 30 seeds available at Burpee.

31. Pick a Bushel

A hybrid cultivar, ‘Pick a Bushel’ is a semi-bush variety producing an abundance of sweet, crisp fruits with light green skin.

A close up of Cucumis sativus 'Pick a Bushel' set on a wooden surface.

‘Pick a Bushel’

An All-America Selections winner in 2014, ‘Pick a Bushel’ is ideal for growers in northern regions, with fruits ready to harvest in 50 days.

Fruits are best picked when they are between three and six inches long, and the compact vines are suitable for small space gardens or container growing.

Plants are resistant to mosaic virus and scab.

Packets of 30 seeds are available at Burpee.

32. Picklebush

‘Picklebush’ is a hybrid cultivar, bred by Burpee with compact vines and a bushy growth habit. White-spined four and a half-inch fruit have that classic pickle look: green with pale stripes.

A close up of a basket of freshly harvested Cucumis sativus 'Picklebush' set on the ground in the garden.

‘Picklebush’

Plants are resistant to powdery mildew and mosaic virus.

This variety is ideal for growing in containers or in small gardens, and provides an abundant harvest after 52 days.

Find packets of 50 seeds available at Burpee.

33. Supremo

‘Supremo’ is a Burpee exclusive hybrid cultivar, with compact, bushy vines that produce a prolific harvest of three to four-inch, dark green, striped fruits.

A close up of a wooden bowl containing Cucumis sativus 'Supremo.'

‘Supremo’

Suitable for container growing, plants are disease resistant, and are ready to pick after 52 days.

Find packets of 30 seeds available at Burpee.

Which Variety Is Right For You?

Armed with this lengthy list of cucumber cultivars to choose from, you’re sure to find one perfect for your growing conditions and personal taste.

If you’re just getting started, be sure to check out our cucumber growing guide for everything you need to know.

A close up of a small cucumber growing in the garden, pictured in light filtered sunshine with foliage in soft focus in the backgrounds.

Do you want to grow long slicing types, or petite picklers? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

And for more information on growing other vegetables in your garden, you’ll need these guides next:

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© Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on February 19, 2019. Last updated July 20, 2020. Product photos via Amazon, Arbico Organics, Burpee, David’s Garden Seeds, Eden Brothers, Everwilde Farms, Hazzard’s Seeds, Hometown Seeds, and True Leaf Market. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. With additional writing and editing by Clare Groom.

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