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West indian gherkin

Cucumis anguria

West indian gherkin is a member of the Cucumis family. Its botanical name is Cucumis anguria.

Cucumis anguria, also called the West Indian Gherkin, Burr Gherkin, Burr Cucumber, and locally known as badunga or cohombro, is a vine grown for its fruit used as a vegetable. It is similar and related to the common cucumber (C. sativus) and its cultivars are known as gherkins.

The fruit is typically 4-8 cm in length, 2-4 cm in diameter, and covered with pointed warts. Plants are originally from Africa. They are popular in Brazil, where they are used in the local version of cozido (meat-and-vegetable stew).1

an Annual grower, it grows best over the course of a single year. Keep in mind when planning your garden that West indian gherkin is known for growing to a viny habit.

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How to grow West indian gherkin

West indian gherkin is generally regarded as a tender plant, so it is really important to plant out well after your last frost date.

Growing West indian gherkin from seed

Transplanting West indian gherkin

West indian gherkin is tender, so ensure you wait until all danger of frost has passed in your area before considering planting outside.

Companion plants for West indian gherkin

These plants have been known to grow well alongside West indian gherkin so consider planting:

Repellent plants for West indian gherkin

These plants will not grow well with West indian gherkin so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common West indian gherkin problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect West indian gherkin plants:

Other names for West indian gherkin

Burr gherkin, Burr cucumber, Badunga, Cohombro

West indian gherkin care instructions

How long does West indian gherkin take to grow?

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Popular varieties of West indian gherkin

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