Growing & Pickling Gherkins

growing gherkins

Gherkin – Cucumis Sativus (same family as the cucumber)

Today I was lucky enough to have been given this beautiful gherkin plant. As you can see, the plant already has a few gherkins developing.

I have never tried growing gherkins before and am really looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

growing gherkin plant

Gherkin Plant

The person that gave me the gherkin plant also gave me the following pickling instructions:
1. Pick gherkins daily at desired size;
2. Lay the gherkins on a flat dish and cover with a generous amount of salt;
3. Leave overnight, then remove from the salt and rinse in plenty of cold water;
4. Wipe with a cloth to remove spikes;
5. Pack into jars;
6. Sprinkle with half a teaspoon of caster sugar;
7. Add 2 bay leave and fill jars with white wine vinegar;
8. Store for about a month before using.

I can’t wait for the to grow so I can pickle and eat them.


  1. Is a gherkin in the same family as squashes? I’ll be interested to see how they get on, I’ve a few squashes and might try a courgette or two if I can find room!

    1. Hi Donna
      I think gherkin is in the same family as cucumber. I have 2 courgettes plants coming on in the greenhouse. Hopefully we can plant them out soon.

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