Gewürzgurken (by Spreewaldrabe)
aka: handverlesen und fein gewürzt
Size: From 2 – 4 cm length, up to 1 cm diameter
Colour: Paddock green
Shape: Slim, capriciously curvy, fine delicate knobs
Crunchyness: Queen of crunchyness
Taste: Despite their excellent appearance, these gorgeous looking gherkins unfortunately cannot keep what they promise. With the first bite, which is honestly a very delightful crunch, disappointment cannot arise soon enough, while waiting invane for its taste to spread, as surprisingly, nothing but salt and water evolves these firm ambitious pretenders.
Size: From 7 – 8 cm length onwards, up to 2 cm diameter
Colour: Eel green, but cute yellow-stripy tip
Shape: “beerbelly” tendency, sad (unlike their name), even and bumpless surface
Crunchyness: Floppy, soft
Taste: If there is any flavour to taste out, it is definitely vinegar, and an apparantly cheap one. It might do some favour to the little delicious silver onions, but unfortunately not to the poor gherkins. Soaked with the harsh liquid, they splash it out all over the place with the first bite. Mind your environment!
Moskauer Gurken (by Kühne)
aka: “pikant würzig, nach russischer Art”
Size: From 5 – 6 cm length onwards, 1,5-2 cm diameter
Colour: yellowish green tip leading to luscious meadow, salamander pattern Shape: elegant, curvy and self-confident
Crunchyness: Strong skin, knacky, but slightly dry tendency
Taste: A delicately tricky flavour-mixture of borage and coriander combined with traditional mustard seeds gives this gurken species a very own and unique flavour. The firm little bumps add an excentric texture to the edgy but flowery flavour.
Knax Riesen (by Hengstenberg)
aka: “riesig, knackig and würzig”
Size: From 10 – 12 cm length onwards, 4-5 cm diameter
Colour: Pale green with tendency to bleached olive, dark edges
Shape: Massive, trunky, a bit plump but friendly
Crunchyness: Strong, firm, bity
Taste: After the first, slightly watery delusion -i might have been unlucky- these juicy Knax Riesen, with their delicately layered vinegar-mustardseed dressing, tasted themselves – so far! – into my one of my favourite range of gewürzgurken. Bumpy round and full flavour.
Spicyness: Decent vinegar
Persistency: less than a week (a jarr of 1550g)
Gurken Ranking: 7 out of 10
PS: Unfortunately I can only provide a normal knax family picture, (which are tastewise equally good, but smaller) because the jarr is already empty.