How to Grow Gherkins

1975 was the first time I ever tasted a gherkin.
Sure, Mandolin knew what they were; but for me these tiny pickles were just the neatest thing I ever saw.

I was young, mind you, and have since seen many more neat things.

This also was the summer Mandolin and I started dating again, which eventually led to our wedding.
Years before that we were a bit of an on-and-off summer romance, mostly as gawky and awkward preteens.
Now at 19 and 20, things were serious.

Gherkins in their natural habitat.

Gherkins in their natural habitat.

Those memories came back when I first came across a seed packet from Seed Savers Exchange for West India Gherkin.
Cool… you can grow that?

So without any hesitation the seeds were in the online cart and headed our way.

Ready to pickle.

Ready to pickle.

They are bizarre looking fruits, and were not very prolific for us. These are in fact the first we have harvested.

The spines are a little too much to eat, but easily brushed off with a knife.

The flavor is the thing.
Its something of a step up from your typical cucumber, less resemblance to a melon I’d say.
Still sweet though, light and crispy.

The skins are thin, as you can see in the picture.
We’re going to hold these in the fridge in vinegar, until we have enough to pickle.

Can you recreate a 38 year old memory?
Yeah…

you can grow that

You can grow that! is a monthly collaborative effort of gardeners around the world to help others learn to grow.
Read more by clicking on the logo above.

Botanical name: Cucumis anguria
Common name: West India Gherkin, Burr Gherkin
Yield: Each seed will grow one plant, with multiple fruit. Not known to be very prolific.
Plant Height: Vining type, with vines easily growing 4 ft. and more.
Days to Maturity: 2 months after sprouting, ours took 3 months.
Storage: Eat fresh, dry or pickle.

TumblrRedditBookmark/FavoritesDiggShare

Categories: cucumbers & gherkins, How to Grow

Subscribe

4 Comments »

4 Responses to “How to Grow Gherkins”

You’ve convinced me – I’m going to try them next year :)

We will be interested to see what you think of them, good luck!

They look tempting. Do they need a very hot summer to get going?

They don’t need it, but I’m sure would benefit from it Jean. We are Zone 5/6 and only had a few weeks of ‘hot weather, for us, that’s in the 90′sF. That is when they took off though, and have been growing well ever since, in spite of the cooler weather.
They can take drought conditions as well. Our as in a planter, and they seem to like it there.

Leave a Reply

Everything here is original (unless otherwise noted) and has legal copyright 2014 by Gardening Jones (tm), and cannot be re-posted or reproduced without permission. Any re-posting of information, photographs, and/or recipes is considered theft and subject to prosecution.

As gardeners, we love to share, so just let us know what your intentions are and we can work together. Please feel free to link any post you see. They say they call that Link Love.

How sweet.

We Recommend:

annie

Mike the Gardener`s Seeds of the Month Club

page counter
Free Hit Counters

Our Facebook page has moved. Thanks for the new Like! You know the feeling is mutual.

Follow Me (just be careful where you step)

Archives

Get Adobe Flash playerPlugin by wpburn.com wordpress themes