The scientific name of a cucumber is Cucumis sativus. Cucumbers are in the same family as squash and zucchini. Although most think of cucumbers as vegetables, they are classified as fruits. Cucumbers contain a soft center that is filled with seeds. Some people like to scoop the seeds out and toss them, but they can actually make for a tasty treat. Preparing cucumber seeds to eat is simple, and even your kids can get in on the action.
Rinse your cucumber under a faucet with cold water and set it on a cutting board.
Slice the cucumber in to 2-inch circles with a sharp knife. Make sure adults perform this step.
Scoop the middle of the cucumber out of each slice with a spoon. You will get more than just the seeds, but that is OK for now. Place the seeds in a bowl.
Set the seeds in a colander and and place it under a stream of cold water. You will now be able to remove any pieces of cucumber and just keep the seeds.
Set the seeds on a baking sheet. Sprinkle them with salt and wait for them to dry out before you eat them. You can dry them out quicker by setting them in the oven for 20 minutes at 275 degrees F.
Store any dried cucumber seeds you did not eat in a plastic baggy.