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Fermented Turmeric Tea

Medicine from Scratch To enhance turmeric’s medicinal wallop, ferment it. In five minutes of your time (plus two days to ferment), you can create a base for a month’s supply of tasty and healing fermented turmeric tea. Best known for its characteristic bright orange-yellow color and as a signature ingredient in curry, turmeric is the small rhizome (root) of a ginger relative. It has a musky aroma and a flavor that is both slightly astringent and bitter. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, quells inflammation, supports digestion, deactivates… Continue Reading

Fruit Kvass

The historic Russian beverage kvass is traditionally made by fermenting rye bread,  and often fruit, into an invigorating and effervescent drink. It’s currently marketed in Russia as a patriotic—and more healthful—soft drink alternative. My version is an ambrosial grain-free nectar that’s oh-so-easy to make. What does it taste like? A tangy blend of sweet and acid with a bright and clean taste. Just as the finest rose perfume extracts rose essence (not the petals), so raspberry kvass, for example, is raspberry essence fermented for a deeper flavor and… Continue Reading


The pearly white giant radish, daikon, is a remarkable healing food. It aids digestion, is a weight loss remedy, cleanses the blood, promotes energy circulation and increases the metabolic rate. It contains diuretics, decongestants and the digestive enzymes diastase, amylase and esterase. This makes daikon a primary ingredient in a variety of home remedies.  Regular use of daikon helps prevent the common cold, flu and respiratory infections. Daikon treats hangovers, sore throats, colds and edema, and it helps the kidneys and decongest the lungs. This restorative vegetable also has… Continue Reading

Five Daikon Tonics

Here are five great daikon kitchen remedies for  asthma, bronchitis, cold relief, indigestion and weight loss.  The medicinal properties of daikon are impressive. And as you’ll see below, subtle preparation differences create different results. For example, when using daikon juice for asthma add ginger and don’t boil it. But for chronic bronchitis, bring the juice just to the boil and do not add ginger. Asthma Remedy  1 cup daikon juice 2 tablespoons fresh ginger juice Honey to taste Finely grate daikon and press it with your fingertips; it yields… Continue Reading

Honey Pickled Kohlrabi

Here are at least three excellent reasons why you’ll want to try this traditional Chinese recipe that is historically used to ease digestion and help heal ulcers. You’ll find it: Deeply and surprisingly delicious Effortless to make Aids digestion (it’s fermented) It’s fun to serve as its identity will baffle even the most sophisticated gourmand. At least, that’s what I’ve found when it comes to sharing this pickle. Honey Pickled Kohlrabi 1 ½ cups kohlrabi, peeled, quartered and thinly sliced (approximately 2 kohlrabi) ¾  cup unpasteurized honey ½ to… Continue Reading

How to Make Kefir

Considered by many to be the most healthful of fermented foods, effervescent kefir tastes tangy and fresh. How lovely that you’ll make your own as commercially available kefir only approximates the real thing (see my Kefir Article for details). As you work with kefir, you quickly develop a feel for the process and of how it varies according to the room temperature and the type of milk you use. Also, you can increase its thickness by using more grains; and you can increase its tartness by increasing the fermenting time.… Continue Reading

Miso — A Delicious and Healing Food

Miso is undeniably the most medicinal soy food. Current scientific research now supports its historical health claims. This delicious food is an effective therapeutic aid in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, certain cancers, radiation sickness and hypertension. Miso soup consumption is linked with up to a 50% reduced risk of breast cancer according to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Through a special double-fermentation process, soybeans and grains are transformed into a wondrous seasoning agent with potent healing properties. Just as you can taste the difference… Continue Reading

Kefir–Health Benefits

Kefir is a creamy, tangy and tasty fermented milk beverage that is more healthful than yogurt. It builds immunity and imparts a sense of well being. A daily glass of kefir is a delicious and fuss-free way to support your energy and overall health (unless that is, you’re sensitive to casein in which case all dairy products are contraindicated). You can purchase this fermented milk beverage ready-to-drink or you can culture it at home. I hope you’ll try the later as once you’ve got the hang of it, kefir is as easy to make… Continue Reading

Pickles for Health

Accompanying recipe: Dilled Red Radish, Carrot and Cauliflower Pickles You probably know that quality yogurt and pickles are remarkably healthful fermented foods that aid digestion and strengthen your immune system.  However, not everyone knows that pasteurization strips their superfood ranking by destroying  fragile nutrients such as lactic acid micro-flora.  Therefore, insist on living fermented foods including sauerkraut, kim chee, cheese, tempeh, miso and traditionally aged meats and fish. Here’s how these cultured foods enhance your health and well being they: * Increase antibodies that fight infectious disease. * Strengthen… Continue Reading

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