We might as well call this the Happy Tummy Kraut! We’ve added fennel and cumin to this kraut, known for their benefits on our digestion, among many other things. Fennel has also been established as valuable in the management of women’s ailments. (One of us swears by its soothing properties when she is down with dysmenorrhea.) Lovers of these two spices will also enjoy the earthy notes and anise flavour, making this a perfect side dish to rich, spicy dishes like curries.
The addition of spices boosts the beneficial goodness of this fermented kraut, already known for its excellent health-promoting properties. Because our ferments are not pasteurised, the beneficial enzymes are present in the sauerkraut. One tablespoon is all you need daily to get its probiotic benefits. It also means that it will become more sour over time.
Storage: Keep refrigerated.
About fermented foods:
One of the best ways to improve our immune system and build resistance is through the regular intake of lacto-fermented foods. Fermentation is a time-honoured technique that prolongs the shelf life of highly perishable but highly beneficial foods like fruits and vegetables through the production of lactic acid bacteria with the absence of oxygen. It arrests spoilage and creates an acidic environment that is inhospitable to toxins and pathogens, while also improving the nutrient profile of foods.
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