The Perfect Gherkin

Gherkins are graded according to the count which is the number of fruits per kilogram. 'Higher the count, greater the value' is the general rule. The grades generally followed are: 300/450, 150/300, 120/150, 80/150, 80/120, 60/80, 30/60, 30/40, 20/30, 10/20 and 5/10. According to experts, the perfect gherkin should have a length to diameter ratio of 3:1 with the ideal length being between two to four inches. In North America, a perfect gherkin is expected to sport seven warts per square inch all over its outer surface, while in Europe gherkins without any wart is preferred.

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