By trending around 2020, the internet has made us smart enough to go organic, be it in food or makeup. However, 2022 is all about fermented foods. And why not? Fermented foods provide beneficial lactic acid bacteria, are easier to digest, improve nutrient availability, support heart health and more. It may be due to the panic triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, but the market has certainly seen the increase in people preferring healthy foods over their usual routine ingredients. In addition, fermented food loudly cries out for health. It’s no surprise, however, that fermented foods have long been part of our traditional Indian diet.
From Dhokla in Gujarat to Idli, Dosa and Appam in the southern states, every corner of the country has fermented food in its popular cuisine. Not only in India but fermented foods are becoming more and more popular all over the world. Another great example of the widely popular fermented beverage is Chinese kombucha tea, well known to fitness enthusiasts around the world. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the value of the global kombucha market was US$1.67 billion in 2019 and grew to around US$2.2 billion in 2020.
After multiple waves of COVID-19 across the country, fitness is being prioritized like never before and the craze for fermented superfoods and probiotic drinks is building like wildfire. It might be interesting to know that Bengaluru developed India’s first “Fermenterie” called Kobo, an e-shop dedicated solely to selling ferments. Not to be missed is Mumbai-based restaurant Qualia, which at the time of its opening relies on its rich stock of fermented foods.
So, do you like fermented food and want to jump on this trend?
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