Gherkin - [West Indian Gherkin, Cucumis anguria]

True Gherkins are a small non-sativa cucumber, apparently originating in Africa but cultivated mostly in the Caribbean region. It is used mainly for pickeling, for which it is picked very small because if it gets much over 1-1/2 inches it becomes spikey and bitter.

In the U.S. this plant is grown in gardens for private use in Florida and exists as isolated patches of weeds in several other states including a county each in California and Texas. It is not considered an agressive weed and seeds are available from suppliers.

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