Pickles date back forty-five hundred years to Mesopotamia where it is believed cucumbers were first preserved. Cleopatra, a devoted pickle fan, believed they enhanced her beauty.
Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were pickle fans. America’s namesake, Amerigo Vespucci, hawked pickles in Seville to seafaring ship captains to help fight the sickness known as scurvy.
Julius Caesar and Napoleon rationed pickles to their soldiers on their various military campaigns as did the U.S. government earmarking 40% of pickle production during World War II for the army, navy, and marines.