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Where did pickles originate?

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Anthropologists believe that the ancient Mesopotamians pickled cucumbers as early as 2400 B.C. Cucumbers, native to India, were first brought to the Tigris Valley in 2030 B.C.

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Cucumbers are mentioned twice in the Bible and were first used more than 3,000 years ago in western Asia, Egypt and Greece. Ancient documents reported Cleopatra used a diet of pickles as part of her beauty regimen, according to the New York Food Museum.

Since the Middle Ages, pickles were a common snack in England. Pickles were brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus, who grew cucumbers for pickling. The Dutch developed the pickle as a gourmet delicacy. In the 17th century, cucumbers were grown in Brooklyn, NY and sold to dealers in New York City, who would cure them and sell them.

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