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Please pick a peck of pickles today for National Pickle Day

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m.
The Pickled Chef's Classic Dill and Bread & Butter Pickles
The Pickled Chef's Classic Dill and Bread & Butter Pickles

It's National Pickle Day, and whether you like 'em sweet, bread and butter, brined or kosher, it's a day to nosh on the cucumber gone crinkled.

We in the Pittsburgh region love our pickles.

The city has proudly observed Picklesburgh for the last three years, with festival vendors offering up pierogies with dill potatoes, pickled fudge, peanut butter pickle cookies, pickle eggrolls and even dill pickle Italian ice.

According to National Day Calendar, 5.2 million pounds of pickles are consumed in the U.S. each year.

They decorate T-shirts, socks and lapel pins that celebrate the popular vegetable. They even star in a children's book, "Pickles to Pittsburgh."

Pittsburgh's long-time main pickle purveyor, Kraft Heinz Co., has produced pickles for more than 100 years, and tickles pickle lovers' funny bones with its giant inflatable pickle balloon and its mascot, Private Pickle.

The Twitterverse got in on "National Pickle Day" action.

And to whet the appetite:

The hashtag #AddPickleToAnything spawned a few funny tweets as well.

And this one.

Or, pickled candy, anyone?

So don't get in a pickle. Quit your gherkin. And enjoy some sweet and sour. It's National Pickle Day. And it's kind of a big dill.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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