National Pickle Day
Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always celebrated on November 14
Do you feel somehow like you're in a pickle today? It's no surprise, as today is National Pickle Day. To celebrate and savor this special day, add a healthy portion of your favorite pickles to your diet today. For more than one reason, you'll be glad you did!
Pickling has been around for a long, long time. Pickles are made by taking cucumbers and fermenting them in a brine, including a variety of herbs and spices. After the fermentation process is complete, the pickles are canned and stored for later use. Pickled cucumbers are native to India. Pickling can be traced back to 2,400 B.C. in the Indus Valley civilization of India. They preserved cucumbers and other vegetables by pickling. European merchants brought this food preservation technique from the Far East to Europe. Pickling was unknown in the Americas until Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World in 1492.
Pickling provides a means to preserve a variety of vegetables. Cucumber pickles are by far the most popular. Pickling other vegetables is common, too. You can pickle a wide variety of vegetables, including: beans corn, cauliflower, peppers and more. A special variety small cucumbers, called "Pickling Cucumbers" produce the perfect size. Over hundreds of years, the process of pickling cucumbers spread across the globe. Each culture used some of their favorite herbs and spices, to create new, flavorful varieties of pickles. Notably, these include: dill pickles, garlic dills, sweet pickles, gherkins, Kosher dill, hot pickles, bread and butter pickles, and much more.
Home gardeners often pickle and can cucumbers and other vegetables grown in their gardens. In addition to preserving their crop for later consumption, they are often creative, producing some fantastic and unique flavors.
There's great news about eating pickles.... They're good for you! In addition to providing the health benefits of most vegetables, they contain pro-biotics.
Today's Tongue Twister (We're sure you can say it): Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Today's Quote: "Good ideas, like good pickles, are crisp, enduring and devilishly hard to make. " - - Rushworth Kidder
History and National Pickle Day:
National Pickle Day has been celebrated since 1949. Our research has not yet identified the creator of this day or why it was created. The holiday is currently sponsored by the Pickle Packers Association.
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