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There’s been a lot of talk recently about the importance of gut health. We know a healthy gut equals a healthy us, but what can we do to keep our gut happy and healthy? Enter: fermented foods.
Raw fermented foods are a quick and delicious way to boost your gut biome and give friendly gut bacteria a helping hand. As well as being a superpower when it comes to balancing your gut, raw fermented foods taste pretty darn good too. Let’s take a closer look at our favourite fermentors - Bottlebrush Ferments.
So, why do we love them?
There are SO many reasons why we love Bottlebrush Ferments. Aside from the obvious–the delicious tastes, duh–we love how they use only the freshest, natural ingredients; you won’t find any nasties or preservatives here - just raw veggies, some fruit, herbs, spices and high-quality salt. They use traditional fermenting methods that encourage the growth of specific micro-organisms which is good news for our bellies!
Aside from being health superheroes, these ferments work pretty hard in the kitchen too. An addition of fermented veggies takes even the plainest meal and turns it into a taste sensation. They also make the perfect snack and we often find ourselves reaching for the jar throughout the day when our stomachs begin to rumble.
Bottlebrush uses traditional fermenting processes and has both sauerkraut and kimchi options available. The range is vast and impressive and includes hot and fruity options as well as more traditional flavours.
How do Bottlebrush Ferments keep my gut healthy?
You might be wondering: how can such a tiny jar taste so good and help improve my gut health at the same time? It’s simple, when we ferment foods (which is a technique used to preserve foods) it promotes the growth of lots of good bacteria. This bacteria changes the flavour of the food you’re fermenting and increases the shelf life of the ingredients.
There’s research to suggest that these good bacteria also have probiotic effects and might be able to restore the balance of bacteria in your gut. This helps support healthy digestion and alleviate any digestive issues. The gut is often referred to as the second brain because of all the neurotransmitters in the tissue lining so it makes sense to keep it healthy.
How can I use Bottlebrush Ferments?
Quite simply these bad boys go with everything, we even eat it by the spoonful straight from the jar but they add an extra kick to any dish. They make great additions to soups, stews, topped on salads, mixed into stir fry, loaded on top of meat and fish or as an accompaniment to snacks and cheeseboards.
What should I add to my next hamper?
With four options to choose from ( The Red One, The White One, The Purple One or The Red Hot One) you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to which gut boosting powerhouse you should add to your next hamper. We think they work really well with Palace Culture’s vegan cheese and crackers from The Cracker Kitchen. If you want to give your gut bacteria an even bigger boost why not pair with Agua De Madre’s kefir or Momo’s kombucha - both fellow fermented heroes!
Where can I find them?