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A dill pickle

Gherkin (French cornichon) is of the same species as the cucumber (Cucumis sativus). Picked when 3 to 8 cm (1 to 3 in) in length and pickled in jars or cans with vinegar (often flavoured with herbs, particularly dill; hence, dill pickle) or brine to become a pickled cucumber.

The term can also be used to refer to the West Indian Burr Gherkin (Cucumis anguria), a related plant species, originally West African, that was introduced to the West Indies, probably by the Portuguese.

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