November 14, 2010 – National Pickle Day

Barrels of pickles at the Pickle Guys in NYC (photo credit: whattoseenyc.com)

November 14, 2010 is

National Pickle Day

Pickles have been a popular food for thousands of years. Their origin dates back to 2030 B.C., when cucumbers were first brought from India to the Tigris Valley where they began being pickled.

In ancient Egypt, pickles were consumed not only for their nutritional value but because they were considered an aid in beauty. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her full diet of pickles.

Centuries later, Napoleon valued pickles as a health asset for his armies so he offered a huge cash prize to anyone who was able to preserve them safely. 

Today we honor the culinary history of pickles. This versatile vegetable can be enjoyed as a condiment, snack, or as a meal itself. National Pickle Day is a great time to stock up on pickles and enjoy!

from www.punchbowl.com

 

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