Cucumber Seeds - Jamaican Burr Gherkin
- 15 Seeds
- 65 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Vines up to 8'
- Great for Trellis or Vertical Growth
- Crisp, Mild Flavor
- Produces 18 lbs. of Cucumbers Per Plant
- West African Origins
- Key Ingredient in Many Jamaican Dishes
History: The Jamaican Burr Gherkin has deep-rooted ties to history and heritage. Traced back to West Africa, this unique cucumber variety found its way to the Jamaican soil in the 1500s, transported by enslaved Africans. Its kinship to the West Indian Burr Gherkins tells a tale of adaptability and resilience. Over time, it seamlessly integrated into Jamaican culture and cuisine, becoming an indispensable part of the island's rich gastronomic landscape.
Uses: Jamaican Burr Gherkin's versatility is evident in its wide array of culinary applications. Boasting a crisp texture and mild flavor, this gherkin serves as an ideal companion to various dishes, elevating their taste profiles. It holds a special place in traditional Jamaican meals, enhancing classics such as rice and peas, fish stews, chicken dishes, and even spaghetti. Its compatibility with seafood, especially shrimp and fish, guarantees a harmonious blend of flavors that pleases both the palate and the eye.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: The Jamaican Burr Gherkin thrives in full sunlight and benefits from well-drained, fertile soil. Plant the seeds about an inch deep, providing ample space for the vines to spread and flourish. Given its vigorous vining nature, reaching lengths of up to 8 feet, it's well-suited for trellis or vertical growth systems. This not only encourages healthier plant growth but also facilitates easier harvesting. With proper care, each plant can yield an impressive 18 lbs. of cucumbers. Regular watering is essential to ensure juicy, plump gherkins. However, be cautious not to overwater, as it might lead to watery cucumbers or other potential issues.