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Gherkin, West Indian

Gherkin, Cohombro, Pepinillo, Burr cucumber, Gooseberry gourd

Cucurbitaceae Cucumis anguria L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The plant is similar to its close relative, the cucumber. The fruit is generally oval in shape, 1 to 3 inches long, much more warty than cucumber. It is used mainly for pickling. Plants continue to blossom and set fruits throughout the summer.


Season, seeding to first harvest: 2 to 2.5 months.

Production in U.S.: No separate data, included with cucumbers.

Use: Mainly pickling.

Part of plant consumed: Whole fruit.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch