Gourmet pickle producer Rick's Picks offers fun takes on your average jarred dill and experiments with untraditional flavors and vegetables. Venture away from the cucumber and try Mean Beans, deliciously spicy green beans pickled in a garlicky cayenne pepper brine that pack just the right amount of heat and crunch.
Mean Beans, $10.95 for a 15-ounce jar at Ingredient Specialty Foods, 4335 Main St., Manayunk.
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