Pickles are raw foods that have been preserved with a salty agent and not pasteurised.
Pickles are an important part of a healthy diet as the enzymes in pickles regulate the chemical activities in our bodies. Pickles also contain good bacteria acidophilus which nourish our intestinal flora and they are necessary for the breakdown, digestion and assimilation of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Your typical dill pickle from the grocery store doesn't work because of all the sugar and vinegar - you can however, depending on where you live, sometimes find good quality pickles in your natural food store.
The best is to make your own - pickles are easy to make and you can create great flavours by using your imagination, see pickles recipe.