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Friday, February 25, 2011

West Indian Gherkin

Cucumis anguria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Cucurbitales
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Genus: Cucumis
Species: C. anguria
Binomial name
Cucumis anguria

Cucumis anguria
Cucumis anguria, also called the West Indian Gherkin, Burr Gherkin, Burr Cucumber, or maxixe, 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 soft spines.
Plants are originally from Africa. They are popular in the northeast and north of Brazil, where they are used in the local version of cozido (meat-and-vegetable stew). The flavor of this gherkin is similar to that of the common cucumber.

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