Tradition and progress
The Spreewald is considered to be one of the most traditional areas for gherkin cultivation in the world and is situated around 62 miles south-east of Berlin. The art of gherkin pickling has been being refined in the area over the course of many centuries. Up until just a few years ago, almost every household used to pickle their own gherkins.
The Spreewald region is famous for its many watercourses, peaty farmlands and its vast forests. The Spreewald area thus offers ideal conditions for the cultivation of gherkins.
Water in abundance is the crucial growth factor for the gherkins, and there is plenty of water in the Spreewald. The “Fließe” – which is what the local people of the Spreewald call their canals, often reach up to the gherkin fields. Another important factor for successful cultivation is the high nutrient requirements of the gherkins. In order to ensure sufficient soil fertility, special emphasis is placed on favorable crop rotation. Soils are not be exhausted, but managed in a sustainable manner.