Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Sweet and sour

Those pickles were once mere dills. They were once green. Their exteriors remain pebbly, a reminder that long ago they began their lives on a farm, on the ground, as cucumbers.

But they now have an arresting color that combines green and garnet, and a bracing sour-sweet taste that they owe to a long marinade in cherry or tropical fruit or strawberry Kool-Aid...

The pickles have been spotted as far afield as Dallas and St. Louis, but their cult is thickest in the Delta region, among the black majority population...

At Carver Upper Elementary School in Indianola, students in Jodi Sumner’s third-grade class have no reservations about the propriety of cucumbers flavored with vinegar and drink mix. When this writer, lugging a jar of tropical-fruit-flavored pickles, recently asked the 29 students who liked to eat Kool-Aid pickles, 29 hands shot up.
--John Edge, NYT, on unlikely flavor mash-ups

2 comments:

AbFab2theMax said...

and if you wash those pickles with that caffeine soap--now you've got an invention!

Sophist said...

29 out of 29 third-graders expressed an enthusiasm to eat a vegetable? Sounds good to me.