Can Anyone Help Me Identify This Pickle?

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What's the brown pickle the arrow's pointing to? I sure don't know.


I encountered this lovely pickle plate in Brooklyn at a former-Soviet restaurant from the Caucasus. It includes two types of plum, two types of cabbage, pepperoncini, green tomatoes, and cukes. But what's the brown-skinned thing with darker brown spots and a prominent, woody stem spot at the top. Anyone know?

A better picture of the thing follows.


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Thanks, in advance, for your assistance.


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E. Oliver
E. Oliver

Funny... when I did the search Google sent me back to this page- so it must be correct.

Do an "image search" for "Russian Gooseberry". One of the pictures shows a small brown fruit similar to the picture above.

By now Google has linked this page to "Russian Gooseberry".

And we wonder how rumors get started....

Jbdjr64
Jbdjr64

that appears to be a rausfouga from soviet georgia.  they havea sweet-sour taste and are best in stews. very strong in salads.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Thanks so much, Jbdjr64!  But do you have another spelling? That one is un-Googleable, which is very rare in a word.

Leslie-Anne Brill
Leslie-Anne Brill

Gooseberry? On a winter trip to Russia years ago, it was about the only fruit you could get in any restaurant.

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Thanks! Let me check into that.

SheWhoEats
SheWhoEats

Which restaurant?  I love pickles!

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Can't reveal that till the review appears -- otherwise they might figure out that I'm there next time I visit. Review will appear two weeks from this coming Wednesday. It's an amazing place!

Waha99
Waha99

Could that possibly be a fig?

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

It didn't seem seedy inside, though. Good guess, though! Should have saved a sample for DNA test :)

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