Maxixe (cucumis anguria)
Maxixe indies also known as ‘West Indian Gherkin’ originated in Africa producing green oval fruits, with supple spines and pale inner crisp flesh. Grow like a ground cover cucumber or up trellis if preferred. Fruits can be eaten boiled, fried or cut fresh in salads with a fresh cucumber flavour.
English common name: West Indian Gherkin
Typical fruit weight: 30-50 grams
Typical fruit size: 5 x 4cm (length x width)
Typical fruits per plant: 20
Best period to harvest: as soon as the fruits attain their green colour.
Production: greenhouse, open field and containers.
Culinary use: Sliced fresh, fried or steamed. Many recipes using the fruit can be found online.