Fun Facts about Pickles
We’ve always love learning more and more about the amazing snacks that are pickles. Not only do they have a fascinating history, but also there’s a ton of facts that aren’t that well known. For instance, did you know that Shakespeare himself came up with the phrase “in a pickle”? If you think that’s wild, check out more fun pickle facts!
- The Department of Agriculture estimates that the average American eats 8.5 lbs of pickles a year! How many do you think you eat a year?
- 30 out of 50 states in the US manufacture pickles every year.
- Napoleon valued pickling so much that he offered a huge financial prize to anyone who could come up with a new way of preserving food. In 1809, Nicholas Appert won the award after learning that removing air from a container, then boiling it kept food from spoiling.
- In Connecticut, the only way for a pickle to be considered a pickle, is if it bounces or not.
- According to the US Supreme Court, like tomatoes, pickles are technically fruits.
- November 14th is National Pickle Day.
- Cleopatra credits pickles as the source of her renowned beauty.
- George Washington had collected over 400 variations of pickles.
- 40% of all pickles produced in the United States during WW2 were rationed for soldiers.
- In 2000, the Philadelphia Eagles credited their win over the Dallas Cowboys in smoldering heat due to drinking ice-cold pickle juice.
- Elvis Presley was a huge fan of fried pickles.
- At one point, people believed pickles were a good source of managing the acid levels in one’s body.
- More than half of the cucumbers grown in the US are turned into pickles every year.
- Kool-Aid pickles are a popular variation of pickles, in which you soak cut up pickles in Kool-Aid for a week.
- Berrien Spring Michigan is the unofficial Pickle Capital of the World.
- Christopher Columbus used pickles to prevent his sailors from getting scurvy, saving his crew and leading to Columbus arriving at North America.
For a lot of us, pickles are a part of our daily diet, and for others, it’s just the occasional snack. Regardless of how often you’re consuming pickles (potentially 9 lbs a year), you can’t deny how interesting they are! So what do you think? Does this article make you want to open up a fancy jar of pickles?