People who are new to fermentation may be excited about the health benefits but unsure of how to eat the end product. Depending on what you want to ferment, the answer could be easy or hard to figure out. Join us here as Abigail tells us how to eat sour fruits, the strangest foods of all.
We all know what to do with a piece of sourdough: cut it up and put butter on it. Milk can be turned into yogurt, cheese, and sour cream, among other things, by letting it ferment. Even veggies that have been fermented have well-known uses. Sauerkraut, kimchi, and traditional pickles are all examples.
But when it comes to fruits, many of us look at our sour, bubbling beauty and have no idea how to eat it. Most of us think that fruit should be sweet, not sour. We think of fruit as something we eat by hand or put in made goods. We don’t think of it as something that should be slowly turned into a strange probiotic mix.
6 Ways to Make Fermented Fruit Taste Great
If you’ve never fermented apples before, here are some ideas to get you started.
Add them to beverages
Just last week, I made pickled rhubarb, added it to lemonade, and let it sit out for a day or two to mix. It tastes good, and you could easily use the same idea with other fermented foods. Most of the time, fruits are used to make second-brew kombucha. Smoothies could also have fruit that has been left out to go bad.
Use them as a relish or chutney
Spreading fermented cranberry relish, apple-onion sauerkraut, or tangy probiotic peach chutney on chicken or pork for dinner would be wonderful. There are no limits to how flavors can go together. What can you think of next?
Turn them into dessert
Use the idea of a fermented fruit drink to make a simple summer dessert. Pour honey over fresh cranberries that have been pickled. Or, you can always use fermented fruits in made goods instead of fresh ones.
Stir them in other foods
Fermented apples go well with other foods that haven’t been fermented. Breakfast oatmeal? Add blueberries that have been fermented. Simple yogurt? Apples, strawberries, and peaches are all probiotic fruits that have a sour taste.
Use them as a topping
Why use plain, unhealthy toppings when you could use interesting, tasty ones instead? You can put fermented fruits on toast with cream cheese, granola, a dinner salad, or even an ice cream sundae.
Eat them straight
If nothing else works, just get a spoon and dig in. You might be surprised to find out how many fermented fruits taste good on their own.
Read more: The 10 Healthiest Foods to Eat Every Day