For all the years that I’ve been enjoying Lady Ashburnham pickles, I had no idea that the woman whom the pickles are named for was a local celebrity. I wasn’t even aware of the Maritime significance of the pickles! I guess that I just assumed that everyone ate them; that they were as common as bread and butter pickles. How wrong I was!
Lady Ashburnham was a telephone operator in Fredericton, and met Lord Ashburnham while connecting his telephone calls. They fell in love, and were married. Apparently she used to serve her famous pickles at dinner parties, but her sister was the one who actually made them. I read a very interesting article recently in the Telegraph Journal about Lady Ashburnham.