Posted: 02/19/2008 - Pickles are a year-round Best Food Buy at the market, and we're taking a tasty look at them! Did you know that here in the U.S. we consume more than 2.5 billion pounds of pickles each year? That's 20 billion pickles! Talk about one of our favorites...I mean, is there a deli sandwich that doesn't come with a crunchy dill pickle alongside it? Or a hot dog that couldn't use some pickle relish on it for tasty excitement? It even makes potato salad taste homemade. Yes, chopped sweet pickle always does the trick.