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West Indian Burr Gherkin Seeds (Certified Organic)

The plants produce very beautiful long vines and hundreds of 2" oval, spikey, and flavorful cucumbers.

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A super funky cucumber relative great for kids’ gardens, snacking, and pickling! Believed to be native to Africa and introduced to the Caribbean and eventually the U.S. in the 1700s. Pickled and boiled by the colonists in Jamaica, and a favorite of 3rd president Thomas Jefferson who was known to be a lover of pickled gherkins. The plants produce very beautiful long vines and hundreds of 2" oval, spikey, and flavorful cucumbers. Grows well in hot, humid weather. Yields better than any other cucumber. Will not cross with traditional cucumbers. Growing Burr gherkins is fun and makes an interesting garden addition for those who love pickles or wish to add interest to soups and stir-fries. They have a unique and refreshing flavor, with a lovely crisp bite. Used young and whole, they are a delicious and unique addition to a salad. As they mature, the spikes and skin become a little tough and they fruit requires peeling, although the flavor of the flesh does improve with maturity.

Michigan Seeds and Plants grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Cucumis anguria
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 7 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/4 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
Plant Spacing 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness USDA Zone 6b: to 0F, USDA Zone 7a: to 5F, USDA Zone 7b: to 10F, USDA Zone 8a: to 15F, USDA Zone 8b: to 20F, USDA Zone 9a: to 25F, USDA Zone 9b: to 30F, USDA Zone 10a: to 35F, USDA Zone 10b: to 40F, USDA Zone 11a: to 45F
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Sun to Partial Shade
Danger Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling
Bloom Color Bright Yellow, Pale Yellow
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Growth Habit Vines & Climbers
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Days to Harvest 60-70
Propagation Methods From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds, Ferment seeds before storing, Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored, Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Seeds Per Pack 25