Happy Pickle day! On November 14 we celebrate the National Day of pickles. This day is celebrated in honor of pickle in festivals around the world.
Some facts about pickles:
The word pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.
Each year in the United States, more than 20 Billions pickles are consumed.
Pickles are a great snack, low in calories and a good source of vitamin K, though they can be high in sodium.
More than 2/3 of American households eat pickles.
When served on a stick at festivals, fairs or carnivals, pickles are sometimes known as “stick pickles”.
Dill pickles are more popular than sweet pickles by almost 2:1.
A rising trend in the United States is deep-fried pickles which have a breading or batter surrounding the pickle spear or slice.
For thousands of years pickles have been a popular food dating back to 2030 B.C. At that time, cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley where they were first preserved and eaten as pickles.
Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her diet of pickles.
Julius Caesar fed pickles to his troops believing that they lent physical and spiritual strength.