Growing Burr Gherkins

You can grow your own gherkin pickles and more with this pest-proof mini cuke/squash from Africa. Try growing burr gherkins to make delicious pickles and a spicy Brazillian stir-fry.



West Indian Burr Gherkins
Originating in West Africa, these funny-looking cukes can be pickled, eaten raw, or cooked like zucchini. Try them in the Brazillian stir-fry recipe at the end of this article.
ROB CARDILLO
Pickled burr gherkins are similar in flavor and texture to French cucumber gherkins, though slightly less bitter.
Pickled burr gherkins are similar in flavor and texture to French cucumber gherkins, though slightly less bitter.
Photo by Dave Cavagnaro
In the Bahia region of Brazil, burr gherkins are called maxixe (mah-SHEE-shay) and they form the most important ingredient in a traditional dish called maxixada (mah-shee-SHAH-dah).
In the Bahia region of Brazil, burr gherkins are called maxixe (mah-SHEE-shay) and they form the most important ingredient in a traditional dish called maxixada (mah-shee-SHAH-dah).
Photo by Dave Cavagnaro
Burr gherkins aren’t just for pickling. They can be cooked like squash and served in a variety of dishes.
Burr gherkins aren’t just for pickling. They can be cooked like squash and served in a variety of dishes.
Photo by Dave Cavagnaro

















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