TODAY IS NATIONAL PICKLE DAY!
DID YOU KNOW? America was named after a pickle peddler? His name is Amerigo Vespucci. Amerigo was an explorer but he also was a ship's chandler who brought pickled vitamin C packed vegetables including cucumbers to prevent scurvy on his ship.
More Pickle Trivia:
•In America dill pickles are twice as popular as the sweet variety.
•The Department of Agriculture estimates that Americans eat on average 8.5 pounds of pickles per year.
•In the delta region of Mississippi, Kool-Aid pickles have become popular with kids. Take a dill pickle, cut it in half and then put them in super strong Kool-Aid for more than a week for a tasty treat!
•More than half of the cucumbers grown in the U.S. are made into pickles.
•The first electric sign in the New York was a 40 foot pickle erected by the Heinz Company.
The Christmas Pickle is a tradition in America that some feel came here from Germany. A "pickle" ornament is placed in the tree and whoever finds it on Christmas morning receives good luck and maybe an extra gift from Santa. the town of Berrien Springs Michigan is known as the Christmas Pickle capital of the world and holds a festival each year in December. Bergen Springs is also home to the Pickle Barrel Museum shown above.