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Tuesday, 15 November 2005


From the Torygraph comes one

more reason to eat sauerkraut:

Sauerkraut, the dish adored in Germany but much maligned in Britain, could prove to be a secret weapon against the threat of bird flu, experts revealed yesterday.

Scientists believe that the traditional recipe, which is made from chopped cabbage that is fermented for at least a month, contains a bacteria that may combat the potentially fatal disease.

Their findings follow a study in which kimchi - a spicy cabbage dish popular in South Korea and similar to sauerkraut - was fed to 13 chickens infected with bird flu. Just one week later, 11 of the birds showed signs of recovery from the virus.

The article also mentions that sales of sauerkraut have soared in the USA as a result of the research.  The BBC covered the kimchi story without managing to mention sauerkraut.  Before you rush out and order kimchi over the internet, it is worth mentioning that kimchi was recently the subject of a food scare so the skeptics amoung us may be forgiving for wondering if the whole bird-flu remedy thing wasn’t dreamed up by the kimchi producers of South Korea.  Viral marketing perhaps?

Posted by bigblue on 15/11/2005 at 09:45 PM
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Kimchi is really wonderful, very spicy and can be used to cure almost anything, but it’s not like sauerkraut, as it’s fermented with chillies.

It’s really good with udon noodle based miso soup, but hard to find here in the middle of nowhere.

Posted by mart  on  16/11/2005  at  08:28 AM

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