What is the pickle ?
Pickling has been used for thousands of years to preserve food beyond the growing season. Most pickling recipes call for salt, vinegar, and seasoning. In parts of Asia, oil is also used. While pickling cucumbers may be the most common type pickled food in North America, around the world all kinds of fruits and vegetables, and even meats, are pickled.
Many people cite the health benefits of pickles, pointing out that they can help with weight loss, are filled with healthful antioxidants, and can fight some kinds of cancer. Others cite high sodium content and reports of increased risk of stomach cancer as reasons for caution. Here’s all you need to know to decide whether you want to munch or pass on the next dill you see!