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« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2019, 09:10:54 am »

Where does a cucumber stop and a gherkin start?
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2019, 10:15:49 am »

Where does a cucumber stop and a gherkin start?
When it gets in a pickle!
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« Reply #17 on: February 21, 2019, 10:23:58 am »

Where does a cucumber stop and a gherkin start?

When it originates in the West Indies and is of the variety Cucumis anguria rather than the garden cucumber Cucumis sativus.

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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2019, 10:37:50 am »

Where does a cucumber stop and a gherkin start?

Depends - how big's your jar?
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« Reply #19 on: February 21, 2019, 11:02:49 am »

All this cucumber chat reminded me to get some of this year's cucumber crop started. The variety I prefer (Marketmore) actually grow to a size between a gherkin and a cucumber. Not sure if this contributes much to the discussion but it might highlight the complexities of cucumber definition!  Huh
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« Reply #20 on: February 21, 2019, 11:15:00 am »

Where does a cucumber stop and a gherkin start?

When it originates in the West Indies and is of the variety Cucumis anguria[/] rather than the garden cucumber Cucumis sativus.

(I looked it up, I ain't no Monty Don. Alan Titchmarsh wants decking.)
Interesting. I was always under the impression that the word gherkin is one of only two words* in English derived from Polish, in this case from ogórek, that being the Polish for cucumber (itself derived from a Greek word meaning melon... I guess the melons are smaller further north, or maybe it's the cucumbers that are bigger further south). Ogórek refers to all types, species and genera of cucumber, whether fresh or pickled. The connection with buses (see upthread) remains unclear to me.

*The other is spruce (the tree, not the cleanliness).
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« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2019, 04:36:24 pm »

So - 9 car IET - cucumber. Short-formed 5 vice 9 - gherkin. Green TGV - cornichon?
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2019, 06:14:08 pm »

So - 9 car IET - cucumber. Short-formed 5 vice 9 - gherkin. Green TGV - cornichon?

If you find a green TGV, the bigger gauge means (especially if it's two-storey) it should be a courge - i.e. what a courgette is a baby one of.
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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2019, 09:29:17 pm »

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If you find a green TGV, the bigger gauge means (especially if it's two-storey) it should be a courge - i.e. what a courgette is a baby one of.

Nope - that'll be a marrow!
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« Reply #24 on: February 24, 2019, 04:34:51 pm »

Better late than never ...


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« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2019, 05:14:49 pm »

Better late than never ...




A 2x 5, and a 1x 9 with the newer vinyl wrap.
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