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Ohio’s Own: Krazy Kraut

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Ohio’s Own: Krazy Kraut
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“The Road to Health is Paved with Good Intestines!!!”

There’s a hook for you. That mantra comes from a post promoting Krazy Kraut, a Columbus fermented foods business. It makes all sorts of jarred concoctions, each clad in a label emblazoned with a smirking cabbage man.

Priced at $10.99 each, you can find Krazy Kraut at local grocers in several flavors including The Original Dill, Krazy Kim Chee, and the choice du jour: Krazy Kurry. The label promises a “fermented vegetable mix” that uses “Asian Food Energetics” and is a “powerful probiotic”.

Frankly, it sounds suspicious. Further preliminary study makes it seem even more suspicious. Of course, Krazy Kraut’s social media feed talks more about fermenting things and pro-biotics, but then… its recent posts include not one, but TWO posts about fecal matters*.

Still, the ingredients look harmless. In fact, the component list is interesting and appealing enough to share: cabbage, daikon radish, carrot, turnip, turmeric and ginger rhizomes (rhizomes are a relative of roots), apple, cilantro, two types of seaweed, star anise, fennel, coriander, cardamom, cumin, lemon juice and sea salt.

Open the jar, and it’s packed solid with that stuff -there’s no loose-y juicy filler to float the vegetables.

So, shall we?

It’s an appealing mix. The ingredients are chopped, not shredded, and each retains a serious crunch. And the flavor? It has a sharp bite to it -like any good pickle. It’s a punctuated sour, briny flavor with a distinctly Mediterranean curry accent. It’d pair well as an entertaining relish with just about anything.

That said, the flavor is intense, so it’s be difficult to binge on the Krazy Kurry version. Given the probiotic factor, that’s likely a good thing.

*for the morbidly curious, the subjects were fecal transplants and “poop pills” as a substitute for fecal transplants.

For more information, visit www.fermentedkrazykraut.com.

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