Happy National Pickle Day

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It's a food favorite for Valley News Live Reporter Kristi Larson, and today people around the country will be celebrating National Pickle Day by eating the delicious vegetable.

Here's some fun facts from National Day Calendar for all those pickle lovers out there.

Each year in the United States, 5,200,000 pounds of pickles are consumed. They come in many flavors from Dill to Gherkin, Cornichon, Brined, Kosher Dill, Polish, Hungarian, Lime, Bread and Butter and many more!

While pickles are high in sodium, they can bee a good source of vitamin K.

Pickles have quite the history dating back to 2030 B.C. At that time, cucumbers were imported from India to the Tigris Valley where they were first preserved and eaten as pickles.

The veggie also has been a favorite of some historic people. Cleopatra attributed her good looks to her diet of pickles, and Julius Caesar fed pickles to his troops believing that they lent physical and spiritual strength.

National Pickle Day has been celebrated for more than 70 years, and you can join the fun on social media with #NationalPickleDay