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Cucumber Gherkin

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Latin name:

Cucumber - Gherkin
Cucumis Sativus
24 - 30" (61 - 76 cm)
18 - 24" (46 - 61 cm)
Full Sun
Keep Well Watered
Fertile, Well Drained Soil

Gherkin cucumbers, also known as gherkins or pickling cucumbers, are a small and crunchy variety of cucumber primarily cultivated for pickling purposes. These cucumbers belong to the Cucumis sativus species and are popular for their petite size, distinct bumpy skin, and suitability for preserving through pickling methods.

Gherkins are typically smaller than regular slicing cucumbers. They have a crisp texture and are often characterized by their bumpy, wart-like exterior, which distinguishes them from other cucumber varieties.

These cucumbers are grown in warm climates with plenty of sunlight and well-draining soil. They tend to thrive in conditions conducive to quick growth and regular harvesting to maintain their small size and optimal quality for pickling.

While gherkins can be consumed fresh, they are most commonly used for pickling due to their size and firm texture. The pickling process involves preserving the cucumbers in a brine solution with vinegar, salt, herbs, and spices, creating the tangy and flavorful pickles commonly found in salads, sandwiches, and as a side dish.

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