Cucumber 'West India Gherkin'

Cucumis anguria

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: anguria
Cultivar: West India Gherkin

Category:

Vegetables

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

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Foliage Color:

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Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

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Danger:

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Bloom Color:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Thompsons Station, Tennessee

San Diego, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 13, 2014, lzyjo from Thompsons Station, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

An African native that has been naturalized in South America and other regions, maxixe is a distant cousin to our slicing cucumbers.

Produces an ABUNDANCE of crazing looking fruits. The texture is very firm, so it can be simmered whole, sliced and cooked in any manner of ways-- or made into a salsa. The prickly skin must be peeled/grated off first since it can be rather tough and also barb-like. Tastes great cooked with tomatoes and coconut milk.

Maxixe is an excellent novelty plant. It tolerates heat, deplorable conditions and will still produce wonderfully. As far as plants go, this one's as tough as its thick skin. Can be trained up a trellis like cucumbers to save space.

Positive

On May 16, 2005, texaschef from San Diego, TX wrote:

This cucumber is grown widely in the South Texas area to be used as a vegetable which is cooked similar to cactus paddles with chile powder and eggs.

Neutral

On Aug 16, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

65 days. Plant produces heavy yields of 2" long small cucumbers. This variety has been grown in the country for over 200 years.

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