Gherkin is a term generally used to refer to a pickled cucumber, particularly in the United Kingdom and Australia. Gherkins and commercial cucumbers belong to the same species, but are from different cultivar groups. They are usually picked when 4 to 8 cm in length and pickled in jars or cans with vinegar or brine. The term can also be used to refer to the West Indian Burr Gherkin, a related species, originally from West Africa and introduced to the West Indies, probably by the Portuguese.
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