Frequently Asked Questions
Bacteria, part of a microscope group called “microbes”, are primarily our friends, with only 8% causing harm according to a superb article, The Matrix – Life’s Supporting Systems
Fermented foods – yogurt, cheese, miso, soy sauce, bread, wine, beer, and vegetables – all need lactic acid bacteria for flavor, as well as survival! While most people are familiar with Lactobacillus acidophilus – common to yogurt, its name printed on just about every commercial yogurt container – acidophilus is only one of many lactobacillus species.
In 2007, the American Society for Microbiology announced, that in addition to the well-known lactobacillus species populating traditional sauerkraut – Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Lactobacillus plantarum, Pediococcus pentosaceus, and Lactobacillus brevis – new species have been discovered:
“Leuconostoc citreum, Leuconostoc argentinum, Lactobacillus paraplantarum, Lactobacillus coryniformis, and Weissella sp. The newly identified species Leuconostoc fallax was also found.” DNA Fingerprints of Lactic Acid Bacteria in Sauerkraut
We’re a homeschooling family and have enjoyed studying the science of traditional lacto-fermented foods in our kitchen “lab”!
Did you know...
The Greek, Pliny the Elder, in the first Century B.C. was one of the first in recorded history to mention sauerkraut
Don’t give up on getting children to eat more lacto-fermented veggies than pickled cucumbers! Out of the mouth of my 4 1/2-year-old, Daniel, my most avid fermented food avoider, as he was eating his lunch earlier today, “Oh, bother! I forgot to have a bite of kraut!”
… and yes, I gave him some kraut as I tried to very subtly pick my jaw up off the floor …