West India Gherkins

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Has anyone planted and used West India Gherkins? I planted them one year but didn't have time to do anyting with them, not that I knew what to do with them. They grow very well here. When do you pick them? Hope someone can help. Thanks

-- Cindy (atilrthehony@yahoo.com), April 19, 2000


Cindy, I've never grown West India Gherkins, but I have grown some varieties- can't remember the names. Gherkins are just little cukes, maybe 3 inches long, aproximately pointer finger size. I make sweet pickles with them. The tiny ones are the best and I have started canning dills that are only 2- 3 1/2 inches long.

-- Peg (wildwoodfarms@hushmail.com), April 20, 2000.

We grew the West India Gherkins one year -- I don't think they GET three inches long!! I seem to remember that they stayed very small, and that they were quite spiny. You could probably use any pickle recipe for them.

-- Kathleen Sanderson (stonycft@worldpath.net), April 20, 2000.

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