The vegetable I'm most excited about growing this year is Mexican Sour Gherkin. I ordered seeds through the heritage seed network Seeds of Diversity (www.seeds.ca). I grew it last year, too, and was thrilled with the results--hundreds of tiny speckled fruits that look like 1/2-inch watermelons and taste like cucumbers. This plant was the biggest little conversation piece in my garden. (When I talked with writer Gayla Trail (www.yougrowgirl.ca) about them, she said they looked like "miniature purses for Barbie dolls.")
This year I'm growing 10 plants, so I'll have enough of these prolific little gherkins to pickle--jars of this treat will be great presents for friends. The gherkin is also delicious as is, in salads or an an unusual garnish.