Saturday, November 14th, is a special day. A most auspicious day. It is a day to be celebrated! It is the day we honor…wait for it…

THE PICKLE!

We know, we know… it’s pretty cool.

National Pickle Day, held every year on November 14th, is the day that pickle lovers pop open pecks of their preferred preserved pickle.

SO many to choose from… Dill, Gherkin, Cornichon, Kosher Dill, Polish, Hungarian, Lime, Sweet, Swedish and Danish, Candied Pickle, and more.

And who are we to argue with what’s the best?

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We have our own favorite, and that would be Isaiah’s Bread and Butter Pickles.

They’re crunchy. They’re tangy. They’re sweet. They’re all things good, just like Isaiah.

Did you know… The term pickle comes from the Dutch word pekel, meaning brine.

Here in the good ol’ U S of A, the word pickle typically refers to a pickled cucumber. However, just about any fruit or vegetable can be pickled, including carrots, cauliflower or watermelon. Even some proteins are pickled, such as eggs. Pickling typically starts with a blanching process, depending on the fruit or vegetable. Then the soon-to-be pickles are packed into jars with seasonings that will give them their flavor. But it’s the brine that gives them their tartness or sweetness; the amount of sugar added to the vinegary brine determines the level of sweetness.

JUST HOW POPULAR ARE THESE PICKLED PIECES?

More than 67% of all households eat pickles. American households in particular purchase pickles every 53 days! And hello, did we mention that we have the amazing Isaiah’s Bread and Butter Pickles here at Reston Farm Garden Market? Come by and get you some. Celebrate National Pickle Day with us! Wanna test your pucker power? See if you can break the world record for pickle consumption. The current holder of the throne gobbled up more than five-and-a-half pounds of pickles… In just six minutes. Good luck!