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West India Burr Gherkins (Maxixe)

West India Burr Gherkins (Maxixe)

So you got these in your share tonight and you are thinking what do I do with them? They are a cucumber so you can eat them raw. They are prickly so that might not be the best idea unless you peel them. And how do you say Maxixe anyway (Mashishi)

Here are a couple of resources to help you decided what to do with them. They can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked like zucchini. Evidently they are used in Brazilian cuisine and some of these links will give you some recipes. https://seekingsustenance.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/maxixe/ or check this one out https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-burr-gherkins-zmaz08djzgoe

Why do we grow them. Chad’s mother’s father grew them and made dill pickles with them As kids we would go to the basement of the old family house (a truly unfinshed hole in the ground and root cellar, really scary) and get jars of porcupine pickles. As we started doing our CSA Chad wanted to find those cucumbers and make his own porcupine pickles. That is what we usually do with them. We thought we would try to find you some other recipes though.

Porcupine Pickles that Chad makes

Let us know what you think.

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.