Lacto-fermented Apple Spice and Ginger Relish

February 21, 2019
lacto-fermented apple spice and ginger relish

This lacto-fermented cultured apple spice and ginger relish is fabulous for two reasons. It’s chock-full of probiotics and gut health benefits, and it tastes so good that you would never know that it’s a healthy food choice.

With all the winter illnesses spreading, I’m always trying to give my family’s immune system a boost using probiotic-rich foods.

Recipes using fruit always seem to fare much better with my daughter’s taste buds and keep her coming back for more. She loves recipes like this one mixed into her oatmeal or yogurt.

Using a Culture for Lacto-fermentation

This lacto-fermented apple spice and ginger relish is really simple to make, but it does require the use of culture. Fruit-based recipes require a little extra help in order to be lacto-fermented, otherwise, they turn to alcohol.

Finding something to use as a starter culture is easier than you think. You can use either whey, kefir water, kombucha, or even some juice from previously fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut.

If you’re not an avid fermentation geek like me, then never fear, whey is easy to find. You probably even have it in your refrigerator as we speak.

It is extremely easy to extract your own whey form any cultured dairy product. Here is a great resource on how to strain the whey from cultured dairy.

If you are sensitive to dairy, kombucha and other fermented drinks can be found at most grocery stores these days and will work just fine for this lacto-fermented apple recipe.

Fermentation also has a huge benefit when it comes to customization. The longer that you allow this relish to ferment, the more tart it will become.

Go ahead and take a taste test every day until the flavor is to your preference. Around day 4 or 5, it starts to get just little too sour for us.

I know that you’ll love this lacto-fermented apple spice and ginger relish recipe, and your gut health will be much better for it too.

Cultured Apple Spice and Ginger Relish

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By Curie Ganio
Prep Time: 20 min Cooking Time: 3-4 Days

This cultured apple spice and ginger relish is a delicious treat served on top of yogurt, oatmeal, or other foods. You'll forget that you're eating a probiotic-rich, and healthy food.


  • 3-4 Apples (diced into tiny chunks)
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger (grated)
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Starter Culture (whey, kefir water, kombucha, or brine from sauerkraut, etc.)



Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.


Alternate between mashing with a tamper or similar object and massaging the mixture until the juices start to run and the liquid (brine) begins to pool at the bottom of the bowl.


Transport the relish to a quart jar or other fermentation vessel.


Place a lid loosely on top of the jar, and set in a dark place at room temperature.


Allow fermenting for 3-4 days, stirring once daily.


When your desired level of tartness has been reached, enjoy on yogurt, oatmeal, or as a healthy snack.


Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks, stirring occasionally.

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