Q.: Does the term cornichon always refer to a dilled gherkin or can it sometimes refer to a sweet gherkin? If it can be either, why don’t recipes state which one to use?
— L.H., Cuyahoga Falls
A.: Cornichons are dilled gherkins, not sweet gherkins. If a recipe calls for cornichons, it is referring to the dilled variety of gherkins. If a recipe calls for cornichons and you don’t have any, substitute small slivers of dill pickles. Remember, all cornichons are gherkins, not all gherkins are cornichons.
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