Jars of pickles on a countertop
What Makes These 15 Different Types Of Pickles Unique?
Dill Pickles
When you think of a pickle taste, it's typically the salty and tart taste of a dill pickle that comes to mind. They are made with either a vinegar- or salt-based brine.
Kosher Pickles
Kosher pickles aren't necessarily always "kosher" in the sense that they follow the Jewish dietary guidelines. They are pickled in coarse, flaky salt.
The biggest difference between dill and kosher dill pickles is that they include whole garlic cloves, making them far more garlicky.
Bread & Butter Pickles
These pickles have a distinct sweetness due to the inclusion of sweet onions in the pickle marinade, along with other typical pickling ingredients.
However, it's also common for many commercial pickle brands to use high-fructose corn syrup to sweeten the pickles. Mt. Olive even makes a sugar-free version sweetened by Splenda.
Much smaller than most cucumbers, gherkins are about 1 to 2 inches long with a curved and bumpy shape. They can be sweet, standard, or sour.
A gherkins' main appeal is its texture. Since they are small and have a bumpy surface, they've got a lot more crunch than larger, fleshier cucumbers and pickles.
A bit smaller in size than gherkins, cornichons are made with a small-growing variety of gherkins with pronounced tart and salty flavors.
Like other pickles, they can be fermented or marinated in a mixture of herbs like dill, tarragon, or pepper. MasterClass calls the crunchy pickles "French gherkins."