Upon reading the chapter on Fermented Vegetables and Fruits out of Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions I realized I wanted to add chinese cabbage and carrots to my garden plans. In the book she shares recipes on how to make sauerkraut, kimchi, and gingered carrots-to name a few. She also mentions that fermented vegetables and fruits are incredibly healthy for the body. If you are interested in this topic Mrs. Fallon talks about it here.
I personally did not realize how excellent fermented vegetables and fruits are for the body. I adore sauerkraut, kimchi and really anything fermented. There is something about vinegar that seems to appease my palate. And I often frequent Patel Brothers for their assortment of chutneys. I like the idea of making my own fermented vegetables and fruits and I am excited to try it.
Also, I read an article the other day about Kombucha- Mrs. Fallon talks about Kombucha in her book as well. And so I drove to Whole Foods and grabbed a bottle of the Gingerade flavor. I saw residue on the bottom of the bottle so I lightly shook the bottle. When I attempted to open it it almost exploded. I did manage to catch it but I got some of the Kombucha on my fingers. I immediately smelled vinegar. The smell kind of put me off for a minute but my curiousity was peaked and so I was excited to try it. When the carbonation settled down I took a drink. It tasted like carbonated vinegar with a strong flavor of raw ginger. I know myself well enought to know that Kombucha would be an acquired taste. But I also knew that there were qualities that were very appealing to me- the carbonation, the sour flavor and the fact that I could get different flavors.
I am a fan of Kombucha now and I’m going to attempt to make it at some point and document it here. It’s not that difficult to make from what I’ve read. In a nutshell Kombucha is black tea with sugar that has been left to ferment over a period of time. As it ferments it becomes carbonated and develops some alcohol, a minor amount really. Kombucha has been around for a very long time and is respected because it has many health benefits- some believe that it can prevent cancer. I will indeed try it again.