pickles

Alcohol is a wonderful preservative. Most beverages themselves are a means of carrying through crops through times of surplus into times of scarcity. Grain would rot and bread would stale, but beer, and particularly Whisky was easier to transport, provided a greater range of nutrients and crucially, would not spoil.
For a country that pickles virtually anything, including lemons and walnuts (and a portion of the population pickles itself with that daily after-work stop at the pub!), it astonishes me that most people here seem to detest pickles.
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