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Are Gherkins Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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These sharp and tangy pickles might often be paired with burgers, but does that mean they’re not suitable for someone on a plant-based diet?


Gherkins are pickled cucumbers (that are either sliced or whole) that have been fermented and preserved in either a salty brine or vinegar. The acidity of the brine helps perform lacto-fermentation with the cucumber, resulting in the sharp and tasty gherkins we know and love.

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It’s thought that the gherkins origin belongs to the workers who built the Great Wall of China!

Are gherkins vegan?

Yes, gherkins that have been pickled in brine or vinegar are vegan and suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet. 

What next?

Fancy turning your hand to making your own pickles? Check out this post for an in-depth rundown on where to start. From kimchi and sauerkraut to dill pickle, we’ve got you covered with recipes, their health benefits and what to eat them with.

Don’t forget to add your plant-based question in the comments below. 


Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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