Spring, that sounds like bread and butter pickles (as opposed to dill pickles):
Bread and Butter Pickles Recipe | Simply Recipes
Cloves (often studded into an onion), mustard seeds, bay, and other spices are usually added to pickling liquids.
Originally Posted by Saria
They were similar to bread and butter, but the texture of them was different and they were such a dark color. I have no idea what she put in there, I'll have to ask my mom if she ever helped her can any.

I love pickled okra, yum! I haven't had any in ages so I'll have to get some after my food shopping restriction is lifted.

Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.