This area is dedicated to those intrepid people who have put pickles on the map!
Amerigo Vespucci 1454-1512
AMERIGO VESPUCCI and CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
What do these two men have in common?
First of all, they were both Italian explorers.
We also know that Christopher Columbus is largely given credit for the discovery of America in 1492, though it was named after Amerigo Vespucci. (Below you can find out more about this controversial anecdote.)
But what you may not realize is that Amerigo was a pickle peddler who helped stock pickles on some of Christopher's voyages across the world. Of
course back then, pickles really were a
matter of life and death since they provided a much needed dose of vitamin C
which prevented scurvy.
Check out the NY Food Museum. Not only do they have a fabulous site about pickles but there is much more history to be learned about other foods from the area.
HISTORICAL PICKLE LOVERS!
GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732 – 1799)
We cannot tell a lie, our very own first president of the United States of America (1789 - 1797), had a thing for pickles.
THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743 - 1826)
Notes: "On a hot day in Virginia, I know nothing more comforting
than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths
of the aromatic jar below the stairs of Aunt Sally's cellar." (source: NYFood Museum)
CLEOPATRA (69 BC - 30 BC)
Cleopatra apparently ate pickles regularly because she thought pickles made her beautiful.