It’s true, Amerigo Vespucci—for whom this country was named—was a pickle peddler. As a chandler, it was his business to sell sails,ropes, and other supplies to sailing ships. This included the scurvy remedy, vitamin-c rich pickled vegetables.
In 1492 more than Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Vespucci made sure that The Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria were well outfitted with these crunchy treats.
Pickling vegetables not only improves their flavor, it can also make them more nutritious and easier to digest. During fermentation, bacteria produce vitamins as they digest vegetable matter.