Why is it called a dill pickle?

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The dill in dill pickle refers to the herb that is used to flavor the pickle.

A pickled cucumber (commonly known as just a pickle) is a cucumber that has been pickled and left to ferment for a period of time, by either keeping the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through lacto-fermentation.

Dill is an aromatic herb with feathery green leaves. It is a member of the parsley family and is also referred to as the dill weed. Along with the dill pickle, it is also very popular in a number Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.

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  1. In parts of Mississippi, Kool-Aid pickles have become insanely popular with kids.
  2. Christopher Columbus rationed pickles to his crewmembers to keep them from getting scurvy. He even grew cucumbers during a pitstop in Haiti.
  3. Cleopatra claimed pickles made her beautiful.
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  1. Wikipedia.org – Pickled Cucumber
  2. PBS.org – History in a Jar: Story of Pickles | The History Kitchen | PBS Food

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