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In the past there were no huge refrigerated trucks bringing dragonfruit to the Dakotas in December or coconuts for Christmas in Calgary! In fact, the only way to get most any fruit or vegetable for november nutrition in northerly neighborhoods was to preserve it using curing, canning and fermentation! Oh, and pickling, the most salty of preservation methods! Now that we have the machinery for moving melons to Maine in midwinter, our consumption of lye-cured fish and jellied shrimps has declined, but our love for the humble pickled cucumber has only grown over the years! So enjoy your climate controlled cuddles, you denizen of the present, you!