National Pickle Day is Nov. 14, 2013: Do you know how long they've been popular?

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 14, 2013 

Pickles — that strangely named and deliciously sour vegetable — gets their very own day on Nov. 14. Let's celebrate with a quick history lesson: pickles get their name from the process that produces them, according to "This funny name comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning 'brine.' Leaving cucumbers in brine or vinegar and allowing them to ferment creates our favorite fantastically crunchy pickles."

Of course, pickles also come in a variety of flavors, from bread-and-butter to the more conventional dill. And their classic tanginess has infected dishes for millennia. According to, pickles have been popular since 2030 B.C. (The Egyptians even ate them to help enhance their beauty.)

These days, pickles can turn up on kitchen tables at almost every meal. (Confession: last night I snacked on pickle-flavored popcorn. And I liked it!)

But it isn't just food: pickles proliferate in media, too. Remember "the pickle song" from "Little Rascals"?

OK enough about pickles. Go eat some and celebrate!

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