Cauliflower with Sweet Cicely & Star Anise
Fermented vegetables are loaded with good bacteria that we need to stay healthy. The cultured vegetables contain live enzymes and also enhance the nutrients. One little bite contains millions, maybe even billions of probiotics.
This recipe is a simple and delicious way to incorporate wild edibles into your cultivated fermented vegetables. If you like licorice, you will love this combination. Sweet Cicely is a perennial pant that grows in the woods and thickets. To add to the licorice flavor, Star Anise is used. This lovely herb is both beautiful and medicinal. This recipe calls for using cauliflower, but you can use any vegetable such as carrots, turnips, rutabagas, etc.
Ingredients (makes one quart)
- ½ head cauliflower, cut or broken is bite size pieces
- 1 clove garlic, whole
- ¼ cup onion, cut in chunks
- Star Anise, 1-2
- Sweet Cicely leaves, stems or root
- ¼ whey from organic yogurt (optional) or cultured vegetable starter (optional)
- 1-2 Tablespoons of Celtic sea salt
- Filtered water
- Place the garlic and onion in the bottom of the jar.
- Add cauliflower, star anise, and sweet cicely to quart jar, placing so they have a nice appearance. Leave a one-inch empty space at the top of the jar.
- Add salt and whey.
- Add filtered water to jar, leaving one inch from top.
- Cover tightly and let sit on counter at room temperature for about one week, or until fermented.
- Store jar in refrigerator or root cellar. This is best if eaten within 3 to 4 months.
About the “Medicinal” Herbs Used in this Recipe…
Sweet Cicely (Osmorhiza longistylis):
The leaves, roots, and green seed pods are a traditional remedy for digestive ailments including indigestion, gas and other stomach ailments. This herb is also known to stimulate appetite. In addition it has been used as an expectorant, to help cough up phlegm and for stuck mucus.
Star Anise has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antioxidant qualities. Besides being known for its culinary purposes, this herb is used in Chinese Medicine. It also is said to boosts the immune systems. Herbalist Matthew Wood says it is a useful remedy for support the healing of sinus infections.