Carrot & Fennel Kraut, a.k.a. Five Karat Kraut emerged out of an admiration for the beautiful fennel on the Tunbridge Hill Farm table at the Waitsfield Farmers’ Market. So green, so frondy, so licoricey! What is a fermentation fanatic like me to do?
In the same way that most fermentation adventures begin, I mixed up a test batch of veggies that were easily accessible and in season. While pondering, I realized that I hated the idea of composting the stalks and the fronds of the fennel, though many chefs recommend doing so. They are so tasty! And green where the bulb is white, and I’m a sucker for adding color to my ferments.
So, BOOM, green cabbage, BOOM, hand sliced fennel from its tips to its tails, and BOOM, what else? Welp. There were carrots everywhere, so BOOM, they went in the shredder and finally, a sprinkle of fennel seeds for extra flavor and texture.
The original name emerged from the five “carrots” in the kraut. While it was fermenting, I learned that carrot and fennel (and parsley and dill and caraway and….) are all in the same carrot, or umbelliferae family. So essentially, I had made kraut with carrots and carrots. Haha! And no, there aren’t 5 types of carrot in the kraut, but there are five carrot components—shredded carrots, sliced fennel bulb, stalk and frond, and fennel seeds. With all those lovely ingredients fermenting, the kraut is as good as gold, thus Five Karat Kraut. But alas, fun though it to to give everything a quirky name, not everyone thinks this is great. In the interest of helping more folks to get their forks into jars of this delicious sauerkraut, we renamed it in 2022: Carrot & Fennel Kraut. We also added a bit more carrots to the mix and hope you and your friends will love the subtle changes. Eat and enjoy! This kraut, whatever you’d like to call it, pairs beautifully with sausage, of course, and eggs, salad and grilled cheese.
Ingredients: Green cabbage,* carrots,* fennel,* Celtic Sea Salt®, fennel seeds,* and love.
*certified organic ingredient
Farms in the Jars as of August 2022: Organic cabbage from Honey Field Farm; organic carrots and fennel from Glinnis Hill Farm.