30 Amazing Pickle Facts That Will Make You Hungry For One

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Jan 11, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Nov 30, 2021
Edited by Sarah Nyamekye
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Pickles are preserved or fermented edibles.

Pickle production increases during the winter. Due to this, during Christmas, pickle capital is noticed to receive a hike every year.

14th November is National Pickle Day. Columbus, during the voyage to discover America, discovered pickles. He was known to have rationed pickles to the sailors. The major motive behind this was to substitute the major meals.

Unlike other pickles, a sweet pickle is pretty unique. The most common vegetable for pickles is cucumbers. The pickle brine is usually created by adding salt to it, in order to create the pickled food.

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Fun Facts About Pickles

Pickles are usually known for their several benefits to humankind. A good pickle benefits the heart and helps with dehydration along with its incredible taste. This salt brine juice was initially used to treat players to cure the excessive lack of water in their bodies.

Although the health benefits include the wellness of the heart and the water intake, they should not be consumed in large quantities. The pickle juice contains sodium, so having two pickles daily is more than enough.

Facts About Pickles' Usage In Ancient Times

According to the archaeologists, the first pickles were traced back to 2400 BC. The ancient residents of the Mesopotamian civilization are considered to be the inventors of the eating pickles.

The New York Food Museum stated that post the Mesopotamian discovery of the natural fermentation of the pickles, Indians were next to discover them. Indians grew cucumbers and used them as a vegetable for daily intake. Pickling vegetables and making pickled cucumber became very common in the Tigris Valley.

Pickles were a great food to be consumed by travelers. During winters, it substituted heavy meals and could be used to preserve foods. The salt brine is created by the pickles and is usually known as pickle juice.

The 135 years old pickle of James Boyle of North Port, Fla is the oldest pickle in the world.

Facts About Pickle Preservation

The method to soak a variety of food in acid is usually known as creating a pickle. Liquids like vinegar and lactic acid are usually used to preserve pickles. We pickle foods in order to preserve them for longer than usual.

In order to create a pickle, an acid is required. This acid gives the pickles a sour taste making them sour pickles.

This process of preserving the pickle had been recorded by ancient Greeks and the ancient Egyptians. This preservation has extreme utilities and if a pickle jar is unopened and kept in a refrigerator, it can be edible even after two years.

Facts About Preparing A Pickle

Usually, there are two different ways of preparing a pickle. Either to soak and create soaked pickles or to ferment and create fermented pickles.

The soaked pickles can be considered to be fresh pickles as fermentation takes a lot of time. Pickle factories use pickle pits to create both types. The fermentation is done to vegetables like cucumbers, cabbages using lactic acid. Whereas, for soaking, a pinch of salt is added to the cucumbers which are kept in vinegar or acetic acid.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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Pradhanya RaoBachelor of Commerce specializing in Marketing and HR

With a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Christ University, Bangalore, Pradhanya's passion for the English language and literature led her to explore the field of content writing, where she has gained extensive experience in writing, reviewing, editing, and fact-checking. She has also earned certifications in Google Ads Search, Google Ads Display, and Social Media Marketing, showcasing her proficiency in digital marketing.

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