choose firm, unblemished cucumber. check for soft spots, especially at the ends. Avoid cucumbers with yellow streaks, as these indicate the cucumbers are past their prime. Refrigerate, unwashed, in a pastic bag for up to 1 week.
Cucumbers are often commercially waxed to preserve their moister content. Peel with a vegetable peeler if the skin is waxed. Wash well in cold water. English cucumbers can be used in gazpacho or other cold soups, salads, sandwiches or dips. cook English cucumbers over low heat until just tender.