• cucumber dude. they are "pickled" cucumbers.
  • I hope this is not a waste of my time.... A pickle is a cucumber that is "pickled" by being left in a jar of vinegar and spices for a period of time.
  • Cucumbers grow on top of the soil, like pumpkins.
  • Origin Cucumbers were probably first pickled 4400 years ago in Mesopotamia.[1] In India, pickles were well known by the Vedic period.[2] The pickling process was also known to the Ancient Greeks. Aristotle is reported to have praised pickled cucumbers for their healing effects.[1][2] Julius Caesar's soldiers ate pickled cucumbers as health aids;[2] many other brine-soaked foods were part of daily life in Ancient Rome.[3] Cucumber pickling remained widespread across the Levant and Maghreb regions, where it is still very popular today. Pickled cucumbers became popular in the United States due to the influence of the cuisine of Eastern European immigrants. [edit] Types [edit] Gherkin A gherkin is not only a pickle of a certain size but also a particular species of cucumber: the West Indian or Burr cucumber (Cucumis anguria), which produces a somewhat smaller fruit than the garden cucumber (Cucumis sativus).[4] Standard pickles are made from the West Indian cucumber, but the term gherkin has become loosely used as any small cucumber pickled in a sweet vinegar brine, regardless of the variety of cucumber used. [edit] Kosher dill A "kosher" dill pickle is usually not kosher in the sense that it has been prepared under rabbinical supervision, which would ensure that no utensil in contact with the pickles had been in contact with food that was totally kosher. Rather, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with generous addition of garlic to the brine.[5][6] [edit] Polish Polish "ogórek kiszony"Polish style pickled cucumbers (Polish: ogórek kiszony) are a type of pickled cucumber developed in the northern parts of Europe and have been exported worldwide and are found in the cuisines of many countries. As opposed to some other varieties of pickled cucumbers, they are prepared using the traditional process of natural fermentation in a salty brine which makes them grow sour. There is no vinegar used in the brine of a Polish-style pickled cucumber (Ogórek kiszony). Typically, small cucumbers are placed in a ceramic vessel or a wooden barrel, together with a variety of spices. Among those traditionally used in many recipes are garlic, horseradish, whole dill stems with umbels and green seeds, white mustard seeds, oak, cherry, blackcurrant and bay laurel leaves, dried allspice fruits, and — most importantly — salt. The cucumbers are then placed under clear water and kept under a non-airtight cover for several weeks, depending on taste and external temperature. The more salt is added the more sour the cucumbers become. Since they are produced without vinegar, a scum forms on the top, but this does not indicate they have spoiled, and the scum is just removed. They do not, however, keep as long as cucumbers pickled with vinegar. The concoction produced during the fermentation process is often consumed as a drink. In Poland they are traditionally served as a side dish to vodka. [edit] Lime Lime pickles are soaked in lime rather than in a salt brine.[7] Vinegar and sugar are often added after the 24-hour soak in lime, along with pickling spices, although this is done more to enhance flavor than as a preservative. [edit] Bread and butter A jar of bread-and-butter picklesBread-and-butter pickles are sweeter in flavor than dill pickles, having a high concentration of sugar added to the brine. Rather than being served alongside a sandwich, they are more often used in fully-flavored sandwiches, such as hamburgers, or used in potato salad. [edit] Swedish Swedish pickled cucumbers are sliced before placing in a jar with vinegar. They are mildly sweet. Often served with Swedish (Danish) style hot dogs. [edit] Nutrition Much like sauerkraut (also technically a pickle), pickled cucumbers are rich in vitamin C. Cucumbers have a mild anti-inflammatory effect, although how much of this effect is retained after the pickling process is up for debate. For more information, see NutritionData: Pickles. [edit] Serving A breaded pickle.In the United States, pickles are often served as a "side" to various lunches in the form of a "pickle spear", which is a pickled cucumber cut length-wise into quarters or sixths. The pickle may be used as a condiment on a hamburger or other sandwich (usually in slice form), or to a sausage or hot dog in chopped form as pickle relish. A pickle slice is commonly referred to as a 'chip'. Soured cucumbers are commonly used in a variety of dishes — for example, pickle-stuffed meatloaf,[8] potato salad or chicken salad — or consumed alone as an appetizer. Pickles have also been introduced in fried form, either deep-fried plain, or with a breading surrounding the spear.
  • Pickles are cucumbers. If you look at the store, they usually have regular long cucumbers, then they have "pickling cucumbers" that are shorter. My mom always uses them for salads and such because they are crisper and seem fresher, I guess.

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