West Indian gherkin (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 thenortheast and north of Brazl, 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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