The not-so-humble pickle is set to become the star of many a menu as several New Zealand eateries pay their own homage to America’s National Pickle Day.

Taking place today, Wednesday November 14, a dozen Kiwi establishments are working with Detroit based McClure’s Pickles to produce their own special take on the popular pickle for the big day – and pickle aficionados are in for a real treat.

Photograph by Babiche Martens.

Popular Auckland eatery Lowbrow has created their own spectacular dish to honour the occasion – Nacho Fried Pickles – which sees sweet, spicy sliced pickles battered in corn chip tempura and served with hot nacho cheese sauce.

Meanwhile, out in the city’s west, Hallertau is brewing up a McClure’s Pickle Burger Extreme. Not for the faint of heart, it features a pickle bun with five pickle elements, and served with potato chunkies topped with pickle salt and beer battered deep fried McClure’s Pickles.

The recently reopened Augustus Bistro is serving a special “pig mac”, with a brioche bun, crumbed pork, sweet & spicy pickles, pickle mayo and gruyere, while rooftop bar Dr Rudi’s is offering beer-battered McClure’s Pickles paired with Clevedon Buffalo Marinated Cheese.

Other eateries getting themselves into a pickle for the event include Best Ugly Bagels, Burger Burger, Citizen Park, Culprit, the Fed Deli, Major Sprout, Winner Winner (Hamilton) and Hazel Hayes (Hamilton).

McClure’s Pickles co-founder Joe McClure says he’s looking forward to seeing New Zealand’s pickle lovers coming together to enjoy their favourite snack.

“America’s National Pickle Day works to bring more attention to the heritage, tradition and sheer joy of the beloved spiced gherkin, and we’re sure many Kiwis will want to get in on that action too,” he says.

“At McClure’s, we could quite happily eat pickles for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and we’re encouraging everyone else to try the same!”

The term ‘pickle’ comes from the Dutch word ‘pekel’, which means brine. Pickles have been enjoyed for thousands of years, dating back as far as 2030 BC. They’ve been mentioned in both the Bible and in Shakespeare’s work – and Cleopatra is rumoured to have put her famous beauty down to a diet of pickles.

New Zealand’s pickle fans can find out for themselves if Cleopatra’s beauty regime works from Wednesday, November 14, when the special pickle-inspired dishes become available for at least one week.



When brothers Bob and Joe McClure were first given the recipe for their Grandma Lala’s legendary pickles, they decided to share her genius with the world and produced a range of small-batch pickles under the McClure name. Now, with the support of their family and friends, the Detroit-based duo hand-pick and produce more than 1.5 million jars of pickles every year. Known for their tangy, crunchy punch, McClure’s Pickles have a cult-like following and are now stocked in 4,000 retailers across America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.


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