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.
|Cucumis anguria |
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.