Got a special occasion coming up? Instead of a traditional bouquet, why not gift your loved ones a bouquet made entirely of pickles?
Pickle bouquets are similar to other edible bouquets, such as fruit arrangements. But in this case, they consist of pickled vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes, whole pickles, and sliced pickles. Plus, bulbs of garlic and fresh dill add some extra flair.
All the different items make for a surprisingly pretty array of colors, much like a traditional bouquet. That said, they’re very different from the bouquets you’re used to.
The pickle bouquet was originally invented by Grillo’s Pickles for Valentine’s Day. The pickles in their bouquets range from sweet to sour to spicy.
Travis Grillo, the company’s founder and CEO, told Today:
“Not only is a pickle bouquet more beautiful than a dozen red roses, and healthier than a standard box of chocolate, it’s also far more creative.
We know there are a lot of pickle lovers out there that would love nothing more than to get a Valentine’s Day gift loaded with their favorite snack.”
Grillo’s isn’t actually selling pre-made pickle bouquets — but you can make your own using the instructions on their website.
First, pick a selection of your (or your loved one’s) favorite pickles. Try to get a few different shapes, like spears, whole pickles, and slices. Also, look for different flavors, like dill and bread-and-butter. Don’t forget to pick up some other veggies and herbs for decoration.
Then pierce the pickles with bamboo kebab skewers and toothpicks to make a “stem.”
From there, you can either arrange the stems in a vase or tissue paper.
They’re heavier than flowers, so you’ll have to play around a bit to get everything to stay up properly. If using a vase, Grillo’s recommend using floral foam to stick the skewers into.
And voilà! Your perfect pickle present.