Yes, there are matters of better consequence. Yet consider that the age-old conundrum “war—what is it an excellent for?” was fixed by Edwin Starr, a only one-hit wonder. On the other hand the status of the pickle continues to baffle good minds.

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For example, U.S. Can be fried Court justices were so confounded through the concern they resolved on a faint “fruit the the vine” ruling (see Nix v Hedden, wherein the court additionally muddled the tomato’s status). Granted, some of that team may no qualify for the great minds category. Yet once the Burning question crew approached faculty in ~ CSU Monterey Bay, purchase the concern to several experts, the profs were equally daunted. In fact, nobody expressed trust in an answer. The stumbling block? Whether there is far-reaching nutritional transformation between a cucumber and pickle.

Probably need to be the object of a seminar.

Even those who work with pickles on a consistent basis struggle. “It’s definitely up for interpretation,” claims Jordan Champagne of Happy Girl Kitchen Co. in Pacific Grove, that pickles cucumbers, beets, cable beans and just around anything else she gets her hands on. “What around the fifty percent sour? vegetable on the inside, pickle ~ above the outside.”


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Gabriel Arquelles, veteran chef in ~ Tarpy’s Roadhouse was stymied, as well. “We think about it a vegetable,” he points out with some confidence, before hedging. “Well, actually, it’s type of weird.”

Like the supreme Court, Arquelles backtracked, questioning whether the pickle even starts out as a vegetable.

“When girlfriend eat a life cucumber, is the a fruit?” he asks. “It’s complicated.”

Like righteousness Clarence Thomas, Jose Miguel, manager in ~ American Burger in Monterey, had never yes, really pondered the pickle pickle (see, the word is also synonymous v “problem”). When we make it, however, he also balked.

“It’s not a cucumber,” the says. And this native a guy who puts pickles on almost every food he serves at the restaurant.

My research—some bars have actually Wi-Fi, so we were may be to perform some significant digging—could not even settle whether pickles are healthy and balanced or harmful.

Fermenting foods items helps break down cellulose, making cradle easier. They are complete of antioxidants and probiotics, which is good. They are packed with vitamin K, which must be great (we didn’t go after our study that far; happy hour interfered). On the various other hand, the USDA insurance claims that one pickle accounts because that about fifty percent of the everyday recommended allotment that sodium. More than likely not for this reason good.


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Still, americans consume a most pickles—9 pounds per human being each year, follow to part measures. At American Burger, Miguel goes v at least two gallons that pre-sliced pickles every week.

Our taste for pickled cucumbers and other vegetables (or fruit—now we’re unclear also on that) is likely because of the long history of food preservation. Before the era of refrigeration, human being were compelled to healing meats, rotate fruits into jam and also pickle the other stuff to ensure food throughout the year. The process ensured items would certainly not walk to waste.

“It would simply be tilled ago into the field,” Champagne explains. “Pickling is around preserving something.”

So vegetables or condiment? that complicated. We only uncovered one human willing to take it a stand.

Weekly contributor and columnist Mary Duan intervened through an adamant message. “A pickle is a vegetable,” she says. “So the is written, so it is done.”


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Mikaela Bogdan may 13, 2018 11:48am

I would certainly not eat ketchup or mustard by itself, however I would eat a pickle by itself, therefore a pickle is not simply a condiment. A pickle is additionally NOT A VEGETABLE. A pickle is a pickled cucumber, and also a cucumber is a fruit, no a squash, or tomatoes, or anything not broccoli or Brussels" sprouts...which space technically mustard...which is a condiment, not a vegetable. Yet broccoli and also Brussels" sprouts are vegetables...I think the real question you should be asking is whether mustard is a vegetable or a" welcome.

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