Pickles for Health

Pickles for Health

Lacto-Fermented PicklesA few hundred years ago, preserving food through fermentation was commonplace. It’s easy, doesn’t require fuel or special equipment and, best of all, fermented foods are healthy. Fermentation is the naturally occurring process by which “friendly” bacteria, fungi and molds pre-digest a food, changing its nutritional make-up and flavor along the way.  Some of our favorite foods—cheese, wine, beer, chocolate, sourdough bread and yogurt—depend on the fermentation process. Other foods, perhaps less familiar, like kefir, kim chee, kombucha and miso, are the products of natural fermentation as well. All offer complex, interesting flavors and nutritional advantages. Continue reading

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