Pregnant women have cravings for the most unusual combinations of foods, and pickles always seem to be at heart, or at the very least, it is the food craving we most often hear about. Why? Because pickles cover all the craving bases. They can be sweet, sour, spicy, salty, crunchy and acidic, covering all the basic flavors and textures.
Here, take a closer look at some different kinds of pickles and how they might satisfy your pregnancy cravings. If you choose to pair the pickle with ice cream, that is entirely up to you.
Dill pickles are the quintessential pickle. They are intensely crunchy, tangy and have a sharp pickle flavor thanks to a briny brine and garlic. Of course you can buy them with varying garlic amounts, but if you’re going to attack a dill pickle, then don’t hold back. Go for the garlic with gusto! Be a pickle purist and get them whole if you can find them. Few things bust cravings like crunching on a big, dill pickle.
What-kins? Gherkins are as small as the dill pickle is large. These tiny members of the pickle family are usually found in the sweet or dill varieties. If you’re out to tea with the ladies and a relish tray is passed, gherkins will surely be found. If you really want to impress, call them by their French name: cornichons. They are sublimely munchable and while they may not be as satisfying as a big ol’ hunk of pickle, they will cure any cravings for crunchy, salty, tangy and sweet.