“ Brand: Haywards / Type: Pickles „
I'll just start this review by saying no, I am not pregnant, that is not the reason why I am eating gherkins, I just eat them because they are very yummy and extremely moorish. I think it's my American upbringing and influence but if you have ever visited there you will know that they serve a gherkin with just about every lunch meal that you get at a nice restaurant. The benefit of this for me was that I always got quite a few gherkins to eat because the people I went with don't like them. I also get to eat all the gherkins from my husband's burger when we eat at McDonald's because he hates them too, yum! So, what is a gherkin and why isn't it just called a pickle? Well, according to an article I read, "Gherkin is a term generally used to refer to a savoury pickled cucumber, particularly in the United Kingdom and Australia. Gherkins and commercial cucumbers belong to the same species (Cucumis sativus), but are from different cultivar groups.They are usually picked when 4 to 8 cm (1 to 3 in) in length and pickled in jars or cans with vinegar (often flavored with herbs, particularly dill; hence, "dill pickle") or brine." These gherkins from Haywards are extremely tasty and very good quality in my opinion. They come in a nice see through jar with a screw top lid so you can reseal them up again and keep them in the fridge for quite a long time after opening. I prefer to keep them in the fridge because then they are lovely and cold and crunchy when you eat them. Haywards describe these gherkins as, "Delicious whole gherkins in a dill flavoured vinegar." As is says above, these gherkins come whole and not sliced in half like some varieties do. They do look like a cucumber although the outer skin is a bit rougher and has bobbles on it. I love the skin as it's wonderful and crunchy and has a nice taste to it. Sometimes I will just eat these straight out of the jar whole and bite into them but if I am serving them with sandwiches I often slice them into quarters so it looks nice and presentable. I like to keep the seeds on the gherkin in too as these give it a nice texture. This portion of the gherkin is always a bit smoother and softer than the rest of the skin and flesh and a nice difference to eat. These Haywards gherkins are crunchy and sweet and full of lovely flavour. They are in a dill vinegar so they have a lovely tangy flavour to them and are nice and moist when you bite into them. They are quite a healthy snack too because a 100g serving, which is quite a lot, I don't think you could eat 100g of gherkins in one sitting, only has 22 calories so it's not a bad little treat. All in all, a lovely snack!
I have always loved gherkins for as long back as I can remember. To me they are a love or hate em things and I know of no one that doesn't mind them, they tend to be a food that people have a one way opinion of. I always get the gherkins off other peoples burgers! lol. Because of this love I have for them I really often do buy a jar and pop them in my fridge and these are actually my favourite gherkins and have been for a few years now! The Packaging: Glass jar that has a gold screw on/off lid to the top of it over a large hole. On the front of the jar I am told that they are Haywards Whole Gherkins 'Delicious whole gherkins in a dill flavoured vinegar' and that Haywards have been pickling since 1868. On the back of the jar other information listed includes ingredients and a nutritional chart being displayed, the size is stated which 660g until drained and then the weight is 370g and contact details for the manufacturer are stated. Nice simple informative enough jar this is and of course you can see the gherkins sitting in a slightly light green coloured liquid. The Gherkins: As promised what we get are lots of whole gherkins. No two are quite the same in weight or shape but all are light green and have sort of braille like nobbles all over them. Firm to the touch, they have a great crunch to the outside and are softer within the inside though not one bit soggy even when they have been stored in the fridge for quite a while. They taste rather vinegary as they are of course stored in that and they have a slight sweet and sour taste to them as they do contain sugar though that taste is a very natural sweetness and not one bit faked. These also contain dill in the vinegar which gives a lovely but still subtle taste and they are well seasoned which brings out the natural flavour of the gherkin. These are fabulous consumed on there own as a low fat snack and me, I do that often much to people around me's total disgust however I'm happy to dry one off and slice it and put it into sandwiches or on top of burgers and things as well. For me these are simply the best gherkins from the way they look right through to the way that they taste! Yummy! Nutritional Information per 100g: Energy: 22Kcal Protein: 0.3g Carbohydrate: 4.9g Fat: 0.1g Available in all good supermarkets etc costing about £1.25 a jar.