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What is a Pickle?

Updated on November 5, 2014

A Frenzy of Pickles

Ahh pickles, you condiment of kings, you accoutrement of princes, how I remember our first encounter. Sitting in a newly opened McDonalds in Melbourne in the 1970's I encountered my first pickle. It was hiding in my cheeseburger and I removed it swiftly and with malice.

Australian hamburgers had beetroot and eggs on them, not some pickled vegetable that intruded on the delicate flavours of an overcooked fast food hamburger.

So for many years I remained a carnivore and pickles number one enemy, but one day a strange thing happened, I gave up red meat and became a friend, no, more of a fan, of the humble pickle.

No salad or sandwich was complete without my little green friend, so like the starstruck fanboy I had become I went searching for all things pickle and found myself truly in a pickle with the array of picklicous treats, games and books on offer. Here is a whole world of hitherto unknown to me pickle themed goodness.

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So, who can we thank for "In a pickle"?

Take your mind back to the momentous date of the 26th of September 1660 when the noted English diarist Samuel Pepys used the expression "At home with the workmen all the afternoon, our house being in a most sad pickle" where the term was used to describe his house as being in a difficult position, which become over time our modern equivalent, "in a pickle".

Oh and you pronounce his name as Peeps rather than what I did for the whole afternoon in a London bar called Pepy's and pronounce his name as "Peppys". No wonder none of my friends could find me!

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The Great Pickle Debate

Are you a Pickle Fan?

How to Pickle

Some great resources from the vaults of Squidoo to help you on your quest to make the perfect pickle.

6 Random Pickle Facts

1. It is estimated that on average every American eats 8.5lbs of pickles annually.

2.On his voyage to America, Christopher Columbus gave his crew pickles to prevent scurvy.

3. The earliest known pickles were made by the Mesopotamians around 2400 BC.

4. Aristotle was known to praise the healing effects of pickles and Cleopatra credited her beauty to them.

5. So famous is the pickle that it is mentioned twice (under the guise of cucumbers) in the bible (Numbers 11:5 and Isaiah 1:8). Blessed be the humble pickle.

6. The pickled cucumber is known as a gherkin in the UK.

Deep Breathe and Squeeze the Pickle

Pickle Stress Toy
Pickle Stress Toy

If you or someone you love is stressed by the lack of pickle related items in the world, then this stress relieving pickle is the ideal gift. Just grip it in your hand, think pickly thoughts as you squeeze it and imagine a world full of pickles whilst all your stresses disappear. This is a wise investment in the well being of your mental health.



Classic Punkle (Bendable Action Figure)
Classic Punkle (Bendable Action Figure)

So you don't like pickles hey? Then I'll be sending the punkle boys around to your house to convince you otherwise. The perfect gift for those on the pickle loving fence to convince them of the waywardness of their non pickle thoughts. They'll make you an offer (on pickles) that you can't refuse.


So are you in a Pickle?

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      Tonie Cook 4 years ago from USA

      Oh, this is good. Joan Crawford would love this, and some of my friends will, too..

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      RoSelou 4 years ago

      Pickle is nutritious, so I eat it. This lens reminds me of the common tongue twister; Peter Piper picked a pack of pickled peppers.

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      calconcrete 4 years ago

      Love my briny and sour kosher dills!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      In this household, pickles is a main food group LOL

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Yes indeedie, feeling minced up a bit like a pickle relish.

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      @deforst: Yes they do..they are like fungus!

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      TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

      @jennabeezer: live the pickle ;-)

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      Hard for me to "like" this lens when I abhor pickles so thoroughly, but it IS a very well-done lens. Nice sense of humor...but the pickle lip balm should be destroyed immediately! :)

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      deforst 4 years ago

      Well no...but I do like pickles! I wasn't a fan to start with but they really do grow on you...