Photo by Melody
Congratulations to all our photo contest participants! Check out the winning photos here. We will have the 2015 calendars available to order from Zazzle soon.

Vegetable Gardening: West India Gherkins

Communities > Forums > Vegetable Gardening
bookmark
Forum: Vegetable GardeningReplies: 8, Views: 52
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
PamelaQ
Navarre, FL
(Zone 8b)

May 31, 2013
8:18 AM

Post #9540729

This is the first time I have grown these cukes..the plant in the front is suppose to be the west india gherkins...they look like lettuce or greens...the plants a little further back are regular cukes...they look like cukes...has anybody grown these gherkins before? Just wondering if I really do have gherkins...

Thumbnail by PamelaQ
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Moodene
(Nadine) Devers, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2013
8:43 AM

Post #9540765

I have the wild form of the gerkin..not really a cuke..lol..mine are about 1 inch long and looks like tiny watermelons..I can see the leaves are similar to mine..it kinda sorta looks like maple leaves..not the lettuce types..
Moodene
(Nadine) Devers, TX
(Zone 9b)

May 31, 2013
8:44 AM

Post #9540766

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1311450/

Look at this link and you will see my pic at the bottom of the page...
PamelaQ
Navarre, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 1, 2013
4:21 PM

Post #9542424

Well, maybe the leaves will gradually change to look more like cucumber leaves. I'll just watch it and see what happens...
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


June 1, 2013
5:12 PM

Post #9542485

Not too likely. The West India Gherkin (Cucumis anguria) as Moodene says is not really a cucumber has leaves more similar to watermelon. http://www.google.com/search?q=West+India+Gherkin&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=EYuqUc7JKobS9gSLyIHADg&ved=0CEEQsAQ&biw=1440&bih=785
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 1, 2013
5:27 PM

Post #9542496

Are there other types of gerkins?
Farmerdill
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)


June 1, 2013
6:14 PM

Post #9542533

Of course. Gherkin is a very general name. A lot of confusion results from the fact that gherkin in Europe refers to a small pickling cucumber Cucumis sativus). The West India Gherkin aka Burr cucumber (Cucumis anguria) has been around for over a hundred years mostly as a novelty. Some old timers did pickle them, my father said they looked like pickled mice in the jar. The Mexican Sour Gherkin (Melothria scabra) has become popular in more recent years. It looks more like a grape size watermelon.
1lisac
Liberty Hill, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 1, 2013
6:38 PM

Post #9542552

"pickled mice in a jar" almost wish I'd never asked. Lol. I seem to remember seeing Gherkins in the pickle isle at the grocery store. I have some seeds that are labeled Tiny Chinese Cuke I think I'll sow them and see what I get...thanks
PamelaQ
Navarre, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 5, 2013
7:38 AM

Post #9547142

I'm still laughing at 'pickled mice in a jar'!! :) Thanks Farmerdill...a lot of good information...you have a great way of delivering it!!

You cannot post until you register, login and subscribe.


Other Vegetable Gardening Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
very important question farmgirl21 31 Jan 8, 2008 12:31 AM
Need Source For Chinese Vegetable Seed berrygirl 18 Jun 15, 2008 7:21 PM
An accidental lesson Farmerdill 26 Feb 24, 2013 12:10 PM
Planting the "Three sisters" HilltopDaisy 94 Jul 6, 2011 3:38 AM
Rhubarb emilyrasmus 19 Apr 25, 2013 4:55 PM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America