A gherkin is a variety of cucumber. It has a rough, dark green skin and is usually between 1 and 3 inches in length.

Gherkins grow abundantly in tropical and subtropical regions of the world, particularly in the West Indies and the United

States. They are grown especially for pickling and preserving in vinegar. Large quantities of pickled gherkins are im- ported to Britain from France and Holland.

Gherkins are used as a garnish for canapes and salads, in savoury sauces and as an accompaniment to cold meats.