Cucumis anguria (*)
Cucumis anguria L., Sp. pl. 2:1011. 1753
* USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database]. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.  (11 February 2009)
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 pointed spines.
Plants are originally from Africa. They are popular in Brazil, 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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