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British ships took kraut on voyages to prevent scurvy due to its ability to keep well without refrigeration, and one famous ship captain, James Cook, actually ordered 25,000 pounds of sauerkraut to outfit two ships.

The Dutch eat chicken stuffed with sauerkraut at Christmas to mark the end the year and celebrate the beginning of the New Year. The reason for chicken?  Because the animal scratches the ground, it symbolizes scratching the earth over the old year.

Americans consume about 387 million pounds of sauerkraut annually.

Liberty Cabbage was the alternative name created during World War I, used to refer to Sauerkraut, to avoid using words from the enemies language. A hamburger was referred to as a 'Liberty Sandwich,' and German Measles were 'Liberty Measles.'



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