I once ate half a jar of Pogue Mahone pickles for lunch. That may sound unappealing, unless you’ve tasted them. In which case, you’re jealous.
Regulars at farmers markets around Austin have known about Pogue Mahone pickles for some time now. They know to get there early, as the weekend batch of 80 or so hand-packed jars sell out fast. They also know to buy them as they leave the market, to help keep them cold.
The cold keeps them crispy. And crispy is the difference between wanting a pickle with your lunch, and as your lunch.
Smart new labels (pictured above) are just one of several exciting developments in 2013 for Pogue Mahone.
Here’s the File:
Filed Under: Not merely “pickles.” More like “crispickles,” or “crunchcumbers”.
Overview: Craft pickles that are lovingly cold processed and hand-jarred by trained chef and all-around nice friendly fellow Sam Addison. Regular flavors include Ginger Habanero, Fresh Dill & Garlic, and Jalapeño Mint, available in rounds or spears
Appreciate: The Jalapeño Mint pickles are now the award-winning Jalapeño Mint pickles, having earned a prestigious Good Food Award in early 2013. This is a national distinction, which means these little Austin pickles are now celebrities, like Britney Spears (see what I did there). This may appear to be overnight success, but in reality, Sam Addison has spent 12 years or so experimenting with a variety of cucumbers and flavors
Know: Keep an eye out for rare batches of their Serrano Lime Pickles, a personal favorite for me and probably anyone with a pulse. Unfortunately, the Serrano Lime are labor-intensive, requiring the zest of as many as two limes per jar, so they are made in small quantities only a couple times a year. Visit Pogue Mahone’s Facebook page for announcements of these and other special flavors
Special Comments: Austin’s Greenling and Farmhouse Delivery now include Pogue Mahone pickles in their lineup, so you can have them brought to your doorstep. You’ll also find them on the menu at Austin food trailer (bus) Pretty Thai for a White Guy. And if you’re not in Austin, love pickles, and won the lottery, consider having them shipped. It’ll cost you: Sam Addison rightly insists that they stay cold, so they’re packed in dry ice. The crispy is worth the cost, though
Price: $10 a jar when purchased locally in Austin. For cold-shipped pickles, choose 6 jars for about $90; 12 jars are $160
Visit Pogue Mahone: Here.