Here at Avalow, we love food. From start to finish, our passion is intimately knowing the produce we grow so that we can guarantee our clients the freshest, healthiest homegrown food year-round. That being said, I am personally always looking for another reason to eat my veggies.
Enter Sandor Katz. He’s an American food writer and DIY food activist who specializes in fermentation. Katz is fascinating in many respects but what really resonated with me was his admission that eating more natural and fermented foods made him feel patently better. In a recent interview with BBC, he stated that humans didn’t invent or even discover fermentation, but we are fortunate to understand the process enough to enjoy richer flavors and truer ingredients from our food that lead to feeling better overall. I’m in.
Born and raised in New York City, Katz radically changed his life and moved to rural Tennessee when he was diagnosed with HIV, and became devoted to truly understanding food. He joined an off-the-grid community and dedicated himself to returning to nature in order to fuel his newly-discovered passion, fermentation. He makes no claims that eating fermented foods has cured his illness. He will, however, fervently tell you that he feels noticeably better after eating foods like sauerkraut and tempeh and miso. Eating more naturally is part an overarching lifestyle change that brought him to a place of feeling healthier even in the face of a serious and progressing disease.
Fermented foods are simple to make. Making a crock of sauerkraut takes as little as ten minutes and the probiotics and good bacteria you get from adding some to your sandwich makes it well worth it to me. Here’s to Sandor Katz and the extra cabbage starts we're planting in his honor this year!