National Pickled Peppers Month
According to an age-old nursery rhyme, Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, but what is not known is what he did with those peppers once he picked them. Perhaps he used them in a salad, worked them into a soup, or simply used them as a garnish. He might even have added them to his nachos or his Bloody Mary.
No matter what he did with them, he likely picked them during the month of October. Why? It’s because this month is National Pickled Peppers Month. It’s a month for people to enjoy not only pickled peppers but also all varieties of pickles.
At least, that’s how we interpret it. So let’s head out during this month and try pickled peppers, pickles, or bell peppers. After all, they’re all pretty good.
The History of National Pickled Peppers Month
Although we looked high and low for the origins of this month, we were unable to find them. It would appear that the origins of National Pickled Peppers Month have been lost to antiquity. All that we know is that as of the time of writing this article, it’s been around for a few years.
Facts About Pickles & Peppers
Okay, we admit that we tried to find some facts about pickled peppers but couldn’t find a whole lot of trivia that we could use. So we switched gears and instead tried to look up facts about pickles and peppers. The following bits of knowledge are what we uncovered and are now proud to present.
- The average American household purchases pickles every two months.
- It’s been estimated that approximately 68% of American households eat pickles.
- The most popular type of pickle enjoyed by Americans is the dill pickle.
- Pickled peppers can be pickled bell peppers, pepperoncini, cherry peppers, jalapeños, or banana peppers.
- It’s been estimated that approximately 125,000 acres of land in the U.S. are dedicated to growing cucumbers for pickling.
- More than 15,000 acres in the U.S. are used for growing pickling peppers.
- The average-sized dill pickle contains only about 15 calories.
- Pickling cucumbers are grown in more than 30 U.S. states.
Observing National Pickled Peppers Month
A quick search of the Internet will quickly yield a variety of different pickled pepper recipes, and many of these are absolutely excellent. So good that we think people should search them out and try them during National Pickled Peppers Month. And while people are doing so, they should use the hashtag #NationalPickledPeppersMonth on social media.