Today I want to ramble a bit about fermentation!
First of all lets understand what fermentation is and how it can be nourishing?
Fermentation is a process whereby an organism converts a carbohydrate such as starch or sugar into an alcohol or acid. Friendly bacteria convert carbohydrates into lactic acid through fermentation. In very simple terms the process of fermentation breaks down a substance into a simpler (more digestible) substance.
Beneficial microorganisms such as yeasts and bacteria either through inoculation or naturally occurring in the air will set to work on digesting carbohydrates in foods in order to survive. Once you allow these beneficial microorganisms to get to work the food is transformed taking on new flavours, texture and aromas.
Fermented foods are fantastic for waking up any palate and most definately will strengthen your immune system and give a struggling digestive system a good wake up call! But best of all fermented foods are a mighty power house of probiotic rich strains of bacteria and yeasts. Not only will these strains of probiotic rich bacteria keep the opportunistic 'unfriendly' bacteria at bay ( think a rowdy bunch of delinquents that want to cause harm if given the opportunity! ) but they will help preserve food, in addition to helping slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion and stengthen immunity!
nourish life with Marian
Young at heart mother of one with a passion for food, foraging & fun with friends!