National Pickle Day is observed annually on November 14. It may be a Dill, Gherkin, Cornichon, Brined, Kosher Dill, Polish, Hungarian, Lime, Bread and Butter, Swedish and Danish, or Kool-Aid Pickle. Whichever is your choice, eat them all day long.
The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine. In the United States, the word pickle typically refers to a pickled cucumber.
Here’s some more ‘Pickle Facts’ courtesy of @nationaldaycal:
– Each year in the United States, 5,200,000 pounds of 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.
– When served on a stick at festivals, fairs or carnivals, pickles are sometimes known as “stick pickles”.
– 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalPickleDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pickle Day. The holiday has been celebrated on various days for nearly 70 years, starting with encouragement from the Pickle Packers Association in 1949.*
- Serves 4 depending on how big your glass is!
- 1 leftover jar of McClure’s brine (after finishing pickles you should have about 1/2 jar of brine left from any 32oz jar of McClure’s)
- 14-16oz tomato juice
- black pepper
- seasoning to taste (garlic powder, worchestshire sauce, etc.)
- Using the leftover brine from a jar of McClure’s 32oz Spicy, Garlic, or Sweet & Spicy pickles, fill the rest of the jar with tomato juice. Add 2-3 dashes of black pepper and additional seasoning (garlic powder, etc.) to desired taste. Using the cap that came with the jar, place the lid back on the jar and tighten. Lightly shake/stir the jar to mix the ingredients. Pour into an 8oz glass over 1oz of ice, 1oz vodka and add a McClure’s pickle for your garnish.
“Using great-grandmother Lala’s recipe, Joe & Bob McClure revolutionized the family recipe.”
* NATIONAL PICKLE DAY – November 14 https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-pickle-day-november-14/ via @nationaldaycal