Choosing the Best, Most Healthy Foods for Your Fermenting Projects

By Marni Wasserman, Amelia Jeanroy

Have you ever picked and tasted fruit fresh from the tree? Or picked spinach straight from the soil? It sure is different from the experience of buying it in the grocery store. And when you know where your food comes from and how it was grown, you can be more confident in its quality. If you’re going to the trouble of fermenting foods, you want to start with quality ingredients.

Today, many farmers rely on pesticides when growing produce, yet plenty of studies have shown that pesticides have harmful effects on the planet and our health. It is always recommended that you wash your produce well before eating it, but you can try to go one step further and purchase pesticide-free produce. Apples, strawberries, celery, spinach, and peaches are among the most heavily sprayed produce, so look for organic options for these items. You’ll taste the difference and feel great for making one small step in a positive direction.