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The Case for Wintry Pickles

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Arguably the most iconic pickle—the cucumber—is as summery as a lifeguard in a red bathing suit with a sunscreen-slathered nose. Many of our other favorites are similar in their season. Say, asparagus. Or watermelon rinds. Even blueberries.

We tend to put spring and summer produce on a pedestal (I mean, how could we not?), so we pickle those ingredients to savor them all year long. But winter produce deserves to be missed, too. Cold-season vegetables are heartier and sturdier. In other words, perfectly suited for boiling-hot, vinegary brine. In the face of adversity, beets, apples, and friends stay crunchy and vibrant.

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Here are some pickles to make now, before cucumbers and watermelons steal the spotlight again. Then, come spring, you can have a picnic in the park, open a jar, and remember how much you miss winter! Or, you know, just enjoy some pickles.

Vegetables

How to play around: Instead of red beets, try golden ones, or turnips. Instead of potatoes, go for rutabagas or parsnips. Instead of ginger, turmeric.

Gingered Beet Pickles

Gingered Beet Pickles by Amanda Hesser

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Pickled Ginger

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Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables)

Giardiniera (Italian Pickled Vegetables) by Emiko

Fruits

Are preserved lemons really pickles? Totally. They’re just pickled differently. Instead of being soaked in a vinegar brine—the speedier way—lemons are fermented with salt, which yields a natural, acidic brine. And don’t limit yourself to lemons. Try limes or navel or blood oranges.

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Pickled Pear Spears with Star Anise

Pickled Pear Spears with Star Anise by Sarah Jampel

Quick Pickled Apples

Quick Pickled Apples by hardlikearmour

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To Lemons—and Beyond! Other Citrus to Preserve Before We Say Goodbye

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What are your go-to pickles? Discuss in the comments below!

Tags: Pickles, Preserves, Winter