mo ribbon

Our Comprehensive guide to our products

Produce Encyclopedia

Produce Express

Gherkin - West Indian

Gherkin - West Indian

Description

West Indian Gherkins, aka Burr gherkins, do not have the same long, narrow shape as the better-known French gherkins, but instead are round and covered in edible dull "spikes," strongly resembling green burrs. Their flavor is mild and resembles cucumbers when young without the strong "green" bitterness of some common cucumbers.

Applications/Techniques

These funny-looking cukes can be pickled, eaten raw, or cooked like zucchini. Once pickled, the flavor and texture are much the same as the French gherkins. In fact, the unusual shape of the burr gherkin makes it an interesting addition to almost any pickle mixture.

Flavor Friends (raw)

  • Allspice
  • Bell peppers
  • Basil
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk
  • Caraway seeds
  • Cayenne
  • Celery
  • Cheese-blue, feta
  • Chile peppers
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Coriander
  • Cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Crème fraiche
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Frisee
  • Garlic
  • Horseradish
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mint
  • Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Oregano
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Pepper
  • Pineapple
  • Romaine
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Scallions
  • Shallots
  • Sour cream
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes
  • Vinegar-balsamic, champagne, cider, red wine, rice wine, sherry, tarragon, white wine
  • Watercress

Share this product