Pickles for Breakfast

Every morning I eat a plate of plain scrambled eggs with pepper, and a pickle on the side.

My husband makes himself an omelet with cubed ham, spinach and salsa, with bacon or sausage, and also adds a pickle on the side.

1119190451dI don’t know when we started eating pickles for breakfast. Maybe it was after we went to the NC Pickle Festival in nearby Mt. Olive. There’s something faithful about adding a glass jar of their “Simply Pickles” to our grocery cart each week at Town Market. We’re supporting the North Carolina economy, as the cucumbers are harvested, processed, and packaged at the plant at the corner of Cucumber and Vine.

I like the taste. It’s organic, real. Nothing like the snap of a crisp pickle and the sour taste of brine to wake you up in the morning.

I wondered if other people eat pickles for breakfast, so of course I Googled it.

Wow. There is a world of pickle stories out there. Here’s just a chip of it:

In 1910, a Polish immigrant named Isador Guss settled on the Lower East Side of New York and began brining pickles and selling them, beating out the competition over the years – more than 80 pickle shops back then – to build his brand (“Imitated but Never Duplicated”). After changing hands in the 1980s, Guss’ Pickles were featured in a film, “Crossing Delancey.” In 2002, Andrew Leibowitz bought the ownership and the trademark belongs to “Crossing Delancey Pickle Enterprises Corporation, with a farm in New Jersey and factory in the Bronx.

Former waitress Robyn Samra came up with the Pickle Licious company in Teaneck, New Jersey. Robyn takes Guss’ pickles and reworks them into her own store brand, selling everything from horseradish infused dills and “firecracker” chips (“crinkle cut with a hot ‘n’ spicy kick”) to five-gallon Party Buckets for parties/events and glass growlers of homemade pickle brine. And just in time for holiday shopping, Pickle Candy Canes.

You think the craft market is just for beers? Behold the 5 of the top pickle brands for 2019 (according to one pollster):

  1. YeeHaw Pickle Co. No Frills Dills Premium Pickles
  2. Brooklyn Brine Co. NYC Deli Pickles
  3. Van Holten’s Jumbo Hot Pickle-In-A-Pouch (12-Pack)
  4. McClure’s Garlic Dill Pickles (4-Pack)
  5. Wickles Original Slices Pickles

So the next time you think of pouring a breakfast bowl of highly processed Kellogg’s Honey Smacks (56 percent sugar) or Post Golden Crisp (52 percent sugar), think eggs, with a pickle on the side. It’s as American as deviled eggs or apple pie. “Rise and Brine!”




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