Is there really a Russian myth about Solenya, the pickle man?
Dude Changed status to publish February 9, 2022
One ropot of this myth has a pickle peddler encountering the devil and exchanging his soul in exchange for eternal life on Earth if he had to come to hell every Sunday.
Russian families have been making pickles since Russian soldiers were stationed on the high salt-content steppes of Central Asia, Mongolia, and Siberia. Pickles – cooked beetroot, boiled cabbage, carrots and cucumber – were a means of preserving good food with salt in place of expensive sugar or oil for months at a time. The salty acidity reacts with the nitrates naturally present in vegetables converting them into nitrites that give traditional pickled vegetables their characteristic flavour.