Winter Preparations continued…

I had read about pickled watermelon before coming to Moldova, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when our host family announced we would soon be preparing it for winter. Moldovans love their pickled foods. They pickle carrots, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, squash, cucumbers, beets, and I’m sure many more things.

Basically we put a bunch of tomatoes and watermelons in different containers. We added several cloves of garlic, lots of dried dill, parsley, and celery leaves. They put 3-4 tablets of aspirin in each container, depending on the size. Then we filled buckets of water with about 3-5 cups of salt each and filled up the containers. They sit like that for several weeks and months. Our host father usually gets out about 5 or 6 tomatoes for dinner each night. I’m not a fan, but Curt is. And a couple of nights ago, they pulled out the watermelon for the first time. Curt tried it and said it was ok… I’m not sure that’s a convincing enough response for me to try it though.