Here, five famous people who just couldn’t get enough pickles.
One of history’s most legendary beauties, Cleopatra partially credited her good looks to a diet high in pickles. She also regularly bathed in donkey milk and applied crocodile dung facial masks. We’ll stick with the pickles.
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2. Napoleon Bonaparte
The angry, famously tiny general and his armies regularly feasted on pickles. They were such a valuable source of nutrition for his troops that Napoleon offered a reward of 12,000 francs (about $250,000 today) to anyone who could come up with a way to preserve pickles safely. In 1809, chef and confectioner Nicolas Appert won the prize with his brilliant method: He removed all the air from a bottle of pickles before sealing it and then boiling it. Appert’s method is still used by home preservers today.