Fancy Ferments: 11 Elegant Herbs & Spices

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than my Essential Sauerkraut, made with nothing more than cabbage and sea salt. But when you eat as many fermented foods as I do, or feel like you’re falling into a food rut, I encourage you to elevate your recipes with my list of elegant herbs and spices. 

A hint of lavender, dash of lemongrass, pinch of peppercorns or kick of cardamom, can transform even the simplest jar of pickles. What makes these ingredients so special is that they’re not often used in everyday cooking, and usually of superior quality. It’s like popping into a gourmet shop for artisanal cheese or Belgium chocolate; it’s a fun and sophisticated way to divert from your regular routine. 

And let’s not forget about aesthetics. Adding beautiful colors to your ferments will make them look gorgeous in the jar and on your plate. Just think about how stunning your rice bowls will look (and taste) topped with a fancy ferment. Not only will you want to eat more of these gut-boosting bacteria, you’ll probably want to share your bliss. 

In fact, beautiful ferments make a great homemade gift for all the (health) foodies in your life! With the holidays just around the corner, make up a few batches. Then, transfer them to mini Mason jars, label each one and add a ribbon or bow. Nice and simple… just how I like it! 

Whether you’re making sipping vinegars, traditional pickles, or sauerkraut, try one, two or all of my... 

Elegant Herbs & Spices:

  1. Kefir lime leaves
  2. Pink peppercorns
  3. Cardamom pods
  4. Fennel pollen
  5. Lilac
  6. Lemongrass
  7. Lavender
  8. Lemon or orange peels
  9. Juniper berries
  10. Sumac
  11. Saffron

Not sure how to incorporate herbs and spices into my fermentation recipes? Contact me and I’ll help you out. Or, if you have a favourite, let me know in the comments below. I’ll work on a special recipe and feature it on my blog.