Pickling began as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea. Salt pork and salt beef were common staples for sailors before the days of steam engines. Although the process was originally used to preserve foods, pickling is frequently done because people enjoy the resulting flavor.
Fruits are generally pickled in high-sugar solutions with spices such as cinnamon.
Foods that are pickled include:
See also : Food preservation