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Sarah Gaur

January 29, 2022

Sauerkraut is a fermented finely sliced cabbage. It is one of the national dishes in Germany. Its name comes from the German word sauerkraut, which means “Sauer”- sour and “kraut”- cabbage. Sauerkraut preparation includes a distinctive Lacto-fermentation process, which helps in giving it a long shelf life and sour taste. About 2000 years ago, the slaves building the Great Wall of China survived solely on cabbage and rice. So, they used to preserve the finely sliced cabbage with rice vine to continue their work in the worst of conditions.

Tartars later brought the sauerkraut to Europe, where Europeans made some changes in the basic recipe. Rather than fermenting the cabbage in the rice vine, they ferment it with salt. As a result, sugar in cabbage converts into lactic acid when the bacteria act upon it.

About the Author

A nutritionist by profession and a writer by passion, Sarah holds an MSc. in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics from Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Pune. She believes in changing lives, one meal at a time with a holistic approach towards overall healing. Her mission is to modify the nutritional habits and behaviors of our next generation to optimize their long-term health and reduce the likelihood of metabolic diseases. Apart from working, she loves to sing, swirl scribble and spread smiles.

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