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West Indian Gherkin Cucumber
West Indian Gherkin Cucumber
West Indian Gherkin Cucumber
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West Indian Gherkin
Cucumis anguria

65 days — Not a true cucumber, these one inch by two inch oval fruit look like large burrs and are produced on vines with leaves that look like watermelon plants. They have been used for centuries to make small pickles and relishes.

Dating back to at least the early 1790s, it is believed that gherkins originated in Africa then were taken to the West Indies during the course of the slave trade.  It was then introduced into the U.S., by way of Jamaica, by Minton Collins of Richmond, Virginia. In 1806, it was released commercially in Bernard McMahon's catalog.[1]

Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 25 to 30 seeds.

  1. "Vegetables of New York, Vol.1 - Part IV, The Cucurbits," NY AES, 1937
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