National Pickle Day!
I’ve been working away, promoting my book, The Longest, Darkest Night!, a wonderful illustrated children’s book about the winter solstice, nature and a lunar eclipse. Suddenly, a few days ago, my Google calendar pinged up, “WARNING! National Pickle Day approaches!”
National Pickle Day? NATIONAL PICKLE DAY!
This made me very happy! You see, I’m in the process of writing another book, called, “The Pickleman from Bickleton!” and one of my angels suggested I do something to celebrate National Pickle Day, November 14th. I love celebrating, so here we go!
Today is the 70th annual National Pickle Day!
Wishing Everyone the Happiest Pickle Day Ever!
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Thanks to the National Day Calendar for what follows—I’ve further edited it to suit my fancy! You can read the original here:
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-pickle-day-november-14/ – (Of course, I think mine’s more fun!)
NATIONAL PICKLE DAY
National Pickle Day Celebrates the Pickle, in all its glory! November 14th honors the tart, sometimes sweet, and even spicy, pickle.
Each year on this day, pickle lovers across the USA pop open their preferred preserved pickle and celebrate the moment. It may be a Dill or a Gherkin; could be a Cornichon, a Brined, or a Kosher Dill. Polish and Hungarian are nice, Lime is sublime, Bread and Butter quite surprising, Swedish and Danish tantalizing. You can even wash it all down with a Kool-Aid Pickle! Whatever you choose, today’s the day you get to eat’em all day long.
And pickles don’t have to be cucumbers! Just about any fruit or vegetable can be pickled. My daughter pickles nearly everything in the garden and uses the pickle brine in cooking as a natural replacement for salt!
The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.
The process typically begins with blanching, (briefly plunging it into boiling water, then “shocking” it in ice water to stop the cooking and keep the crispy crunch). Then whatever you are pickling gets packed in jars with vinegar, water, various amounts of sugar, salt and seasonings – creating unmistakable pickle flavors. The end result can be spicy, tart, or sweet – the tartness and sweetness come from the brine. The hotness comes from the pickled peppers.
Did you know???
In the United States, we annually consume more than five million pounds of pickles. No wonder there is a National Pickle Day!
The popularity of the pickle dates back to 2030 B.C. Traders imported cucumbers from India to the Tigris Valley, where people preserved them by pickling, so they’d have cucumbers through the winter. Two thousand years later, Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her diet of pickles.
And there are many ways to enjoy pickles – they’re multipurpose! Snack on a pickle to celebrate! They make delicious additions to salads and sandwiches. Grind them up and combine ‘em – experiment with a homemade relish! Or try topping a pizza with pickle slices. Add a bit of zing to your Sloppy Joe with some snappy pickles! Maybe everything really IS better with pickles!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPickleDay
Try pickled carrots, cauliflower or watermelon. Experienced picklers might indulge in pickled eggs. What’s your favorite pickle? Sweet, spicy, dill, hot, mild? Let us know at #NationalPickleDay and posting on social media.
NATIONAL PICKLE DAY HISTORY
While this holiday has been celebrated for 70 years, National Day Calendar has not identified the founder of the day. In 1949, the first observance began with encouragement from the Pickle Packers Association, which is still going strong!!