You Can Now Buy These Small-Batch Fermentations From An ʻEwa Beach Master Preserver
“The 60-year-old mango tree in our front yard no longer produced good, ripe fruit,” she remembers. “The mangoes only tasted good when green or overripe. Something had to be done with all those mangoes!”
Langley began experimenting beyond mangoes while working at Maʻo Organic Farms in Waiʻanae. “Preserving was not only a way to enhance the CSA weekly farm box, but became a very good tool to mitigate some of the waste stream.” She became a certified Hawaii Master Food Preserver, and started giving fermenting workshops on the west side.
Later, she and husband Kanani Langley started Bliss Healthy Foods — first a natural foods grocery in Maʻili, now a catering and natural foods company.
Under the Bliss banner, Langley is now selling naturally fermented foods, made in small batches from fresh local produce.
- Pickled peppers
- Pickled jicama
- Other garden pickles
- Ginger beer
- Live lemonade
- Homemade pantry treats like granola, special sauces, and hummus.
“Quality is the main focus,” says Langley. “Everything is fresh and cultivated for microbes that enhance health.”
Langley’s fermented foods are deliciously crispy — never soggy, like some store-bought pickles can be. They make for a simple, healthy midday snack, because you can just snatch them from the jar and eat.
And the goodness goes beyond just ending your munchies.
“Fermented foods stimulate the growth of beneficial microorganisms in your gut,” says Langley. “Having this ‘good’ bacteria in our gut is said to be beneficial for improving a number of the body’s systems; immune, digestion, heart health, weight control, and maybe even reduced blood sugar.”
In our busy lives, even peeling a carrot or boiling an egg can sometimes seem like too much work — so we grab a handful of chips instead. Imagine how much better your body will feel if you replace those treats with fermented veggies instead?
You can now buy small-batch fermentations directly from Langley. (Message her via Instagram @antyt to order)