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.Continue Reading
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.Learn more about Food Facts
Groceries available from a Chinese supermarket include dried foods, instant dessert mixes, noodles, preserves, pickles, rice and prawn crackers, sauces, oils, snacks and sweets, according to Wai Yee Hong. It also sells drinks such as soft drinks, tea and alcohol.Full Answer >
To make refrigerator bread and butter pickles, slice cucumbers into 1/4-inch thick slices, and sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt over them. After one hour, rinse the slices in cold water, and add 1 cup thinly sliced onion. Bring 1 cup sugar, 1 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seed, 1/2 teaspoon celery seed and 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric to boil over medium heat. Pour the hot vinegar mixture over the cucumber mixture.Full Answer >
To make The Chic Site's sweet overnight pickles, combine 1 2/3 cups white-wine vinegar, 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and use the mixture to cover 2 cups sliced cucumbers, 1/2 a thinly sliced red onion, 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns and 2 tablespoons torn dill sprigs. Cover the container, and allow to rest for eight hours in the refrigerator.Full Answer >
To make easy, quick sweet pickles, you need one to two pounds of fresh cucumbers, cider vinegar, sugar, salt, sweet onions such as vidalia and spices, such as turmeric, powdered mustard and all spice. Variations use rice vinegar and other aromatic spices, including celery seed coriander, bay, cloves and cinnamon.Full Answer >