How to choose: For both regular cucumbers and smaller, bumpier Kirbys (often used for pickles), choose firm, dark green ones with no wrinkles or spongy spots. No matter the variety, smaller cucumbers contain fewer seeds.
How to store: Refrigerate cucumbers in a plastic bag on a shelf toward the front of the refrigerator, which tends to be warmer, up to 5 days.
Best uses: Peel waxed cucumbers; unwaxed ones need only a light scrubbing. Cucumbers are tastiest served raw.