These aren't your everyday gherkin. These are Parisian pickles, cornichons by Maille. Makers of mustards, vinegars, and of course, cornichons, Maille's storefront is located at 6 place de la Madeleine, Paris. In France we eat these tiny pickles with salads or cheeses, my French brother-in-law eats them with foie gras, my nephews eat them for le snack. Smaller, spicier, and crisper than American varieties, I found Maille cornichons at my local Safeway for $3.59.
I was dismayed, though not surprised, when I heard recently that Maille is no longer buying their cornichons from French farmers; Maille now purchases their gherkins from India. However I was surpised to learn that Trader Joe's cornichons are grown in France, in the southwestern Garonne Valley.
And so it goes that even the lowly pickle is not spared from globalization.