May 15-24 is designated as International Pickle Week, though the days add up to 10 instead of the traditional seven. Maybe that’s because pickles are so darn flavorful, that they can be fully experienced in just one short week! International Pickle Week was first celebrated in 1948, but pickles date back so far that no one can say for sure when they first appeared. The estimate for the origin of cucumbers in vinegar dates back more than 4,000 years. The fact that Pickle Week is an international celebration may be due to the variety of cultures that endorse the tasty treat. From the days of Cleopatra to now, the pickle has been a treat for the ages.
Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers, not only drafted the Declaration of Independence, he was a pickle lover as well. “On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally’s cellar.” At DBD+A we favor the spunky Dill Pickle, but we’ll settle for a Bread & Butter if no Dills are available.