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National Pickle Day

National Pickle Day is celebrated every November 14 to commemorate the invention of one of the world’s favorite fermented foods.

By 2024, the number of pickle-eaters is projected to increase to over 250 million! Read on for more information.

When is National Pickle Day?

National Pickle Day is celebrated on November 14 every year.

National Pickle Day - Big Dill.


These frequently asked questions and fun facts will surely intrigue you!

Which pickle is most popular in the U.S.?

Americans, on average, consume almost nine pounds of pickle every year, with the most popular type being kosher dill. This is because of the large number of Eastern Europeans that migrated to the U.S. in the 19th century. Also, dill pickles are twice as popular as the sweet varieties.

When were pickles invented?

Cucumbers were first pickled in 2030 B.C. by Indians who brought them to Tigris Valley by keeping them in vinegar. However, preserving food in brine solution or vinegar dates back further to 2400 BC with the Mesopotamians.

Is it bad to eat pickles every day?

Pickles contain a lot of sodium, and overeating sodium daily is especially risky if you have liver or kidney conditions. If you don’t have any such conditions, you can eat up to two dill pickles every day.

What state is the Pickle Capital of the World?

St. Charles, Illinois, held the title for four decades as it’s the original home of pickle-centric marketing brand Pickle Packers International. Nevertheless, the company has now relocated to Washington, D.C., leaving the question open.

How do I celebrate National Pickle Day?

There are a lot of ways to celebrate the day. For instance, you can break the world record for pickle consumption, currently held by someone who ate five-and-a-half pounds in six minutes. Or, you can try one of the limitless ways of pickling or invent a new one. Finally, you can try a unique variety of pickles and see if you can find a new favorite.

Fun Facts

The word “pickle” comes from the Dutch word pekel that means “to salt or brine something.” It may also be taken from the German work pökeln or pökel.

Cleopatra used to eat pickles a lot as they helped maintain her beauty, keeping her looking gorgeous.

Shakespeare, in The Tempest, used the term “in a pickle” to refer to finding oneself in a difficult position.

During WW2, 40% of pickles produced in America were given to the Armed Forces and soldiers’ ration kits.

In the U.S. alone, around 125,000 acres are devoted to just growing pickling cucumbers.

30 out of the 50 states produce pickles. Out of all, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Michigan produce the most pickles.

Kool-aid pickles are very popular in Mississippi and are made by soaking dill pickles in strong kool-aid.

A Michigan town claims to be the Christmas Pickle Capital, holding an annual pickle parade led by the Grand Dillmeister.

In a Pickle

The U.S. Supreme Court stated that pickles are a “fruit” of the vine but are commonly known as vegetables.

In the state of Connecticut, to be officially considered a pickle, a pickle must bounce.

During the sweltering heat of September 2000, Philadelphia Eagles used ice-cold pickle juice to keep their body temperature in control. In fact, after winning from the Dallas Cowboys then, they attributed the victory to this juice.

Napoleon put up the prize of $250,000 for whoever figured the best way to pickle food for his troops.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus rationed pickles to his sailors during his voyage to later-named America. He even grew pickling cucumbers on a pit stop in Haiti to restock for the rest of the trip. Even more surprisingly, America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, a well-known pickle merchant of his time.

Pickle Jokes

How do pickles enjoy a day out?
They relish it.

Where do pickles go to buy a car?
The dillership!

What do you call a pickle sale?
A sweet dill!

What’s green and sour and swims in the aquarium?
A trop-pickle fish!

Why couldn’t the pickle leave the bar?
Because the door was ajar!

What would a happy pickle greet someone with?
You are such a dill-ight to talk to.

What would the favorite book of pickles be?
To Dill a Mockingbird.

What do you call a pickle which is a bad loser?
A Sour pickle!

How does a cucumber become a pickle?
It goes through a jarring experience.

What is green but red all over?
A sunburnt pickle.

What would you call something that is green and flies?
A super pickle.

Riddles About Pickles

Why did the cucumber need a lawyer?
Because it was in a pickle!

What happens when life gives you pickles instead of lemons?
You dill with it.

What’s green and got two wheels?
A motorpickle.

What did the pickle say to the cat?
Nothing; pickles can’t talk.

What would a pickle say after winning a competition?
I want to relish this moment.

What’s green and pecks on trees?
Woody Wood Pickle.

Why do gherkins giggle a lot?
They’re Picklish!

Why do we refer to problems as pickles?
Because they’re dill-emmas!

What did the baby cucumber say to the pickle?
Let’s watch Pickleodeon!

One-Liners about Pickles

I always confuse chutney and pickle. It makes me chuckle.

I’ve just got my hand stuck in a jar of gherkins, and I can’t get it out. I’m in a right pickle!

I saw a program about how pickles are prepared. It was jarring.

I merged an alligator with a pickle and got a crocodill.

I recently got a new job as a golf caddy, but I was fired after less than an hour. The guy asked me for a sand wedge. I don’t think he likes pickles.

Do you know a pickle from the southern backwoods? A hill-dilly.

A friend of mine is in a gherkin orchestra. He plays the pickle-o.

You know pickles get Vlasic surgery to make themselves look more beautiful.

Quotes about Pickles

Good ideas, like good pickles, are crisp, enduring, and devilishly hard to make.
Rushworth Kidder

I drink almost a bottle of pickle juice every day, man, and it keeps me going great.
Vinnie Paul

In the last analysis, a pickle is a cucumber with experience.
Irena Chalmers

Turns out, there’s not a lot of information about pickles on the Internet.
Brian Posehn

I think pickles are cucumbers that sold out. They sold their soul to the devil, and the devil is dill.
Mitch Hedberg

Squeamish stomachs cannot eat without pickles.
Benjamin Franklin

I like a cheese and pickle. Nice cheese and pickle on a real old-fashioned bread. Plowman’s lunch.
Gary Oldman

I don’t want a pickle, just want to ride on my motorsickle.
Arlo Guthrie


My first taste memory is pickle. Even as a kid, I was really weird. I liked chillis. I used to climb up the shelves in my grandmother’s pantry. The pickle jar was kept right at the top. One time, I dropped the jar, and it broke. I was totally busted.
Padma Lakshmi

I don’t know why I love cherries, and I love pickles. I eat about two or three Claussen pickles a day. Those are just things I snack on.
Monica Denise Brown

What I love is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. I’ll just have peanut butter and bananas, then peanut butter and pickles. Peanut butter and chocolate I don’t recommend.
Dianne Wiest

Pickle jars are just pickle jars, and pickles are just pickles.
Regina Spektor

One of the smartest things you can do on ‘Chopped’ is to take one of those ingredients and make a pickle out of it because almost every dish benefits from that.
Ted Allen

I’m a pickle fiend. I like all kinds of pickles: garlic pickle, lemon pickle, mango pickle, jackfruit pickle; you name it.
Ruskin Bond

Captions for Instagram

Relish the sourness.

The tongue-twisting pickle.

Flavored to perfection.

Every foodie’s dream pickle.

A jar full of excitement and enjoyment.

Sweeten your memories with sour pickles.

Pickle picked with love.

Pickle for every occasion.

Be yourself, Be picklicious.

A jar of flavors.

Pickle is love; love is a pickle.





Types of Pickles


Kosher Dill

Bread and Butter

Gherkins (Cornichons)

Half Sours

Quick Pickles

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