As far as the Pickle FAILURE! Well the pickled Yucca fruit experiment turned out to be a disaster.
I'm glad I only made a small batch of the stuff because it is really nasty tasting. That and some of the slices the seeds are like wood. The rest just taste so bad that they are not edible. I added some onion and jalapenos to the mix to help with flavor and the disgusting taste of the Yucca pods infiltrated the onion and probably jalapenos to so eating that is out also. I did try the onion and had to spit it out because it tasted so bad. Evidently frying the slices changes the taste because the last time I did that it turned out pretty good.
Oh Well... Live and learn. Looks like I'll be looking for other stuff to pickle.