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Fermented Sea Beans (Salicornia)

Salicornia is a succulent that grows in small bushes by the sea or marshes. Its bright green branches look like a miniature version of asparagus. They are crunchy, salty and delicious.

Salicornia's health benefits are very varied: the sea vegetable is rich in minerals and is loaded with vitamins A, B1, B15, C, and D. It is a plant known to strengthen the immune system, very popular among sailors who carried it with them to fight diseases during long voyages. Salicornia is also renowned for its diuretic qualities and for its purifying effects.


* 1 lb Napa cabbage, finely shredded

* 3 oz sea beans

* 4 oz carrots, finely shredded

* 1 Tablespoon sea salt


1. Place the prepared vegetables in a large bowl, and mix in sea salt. Give the mixture a good massage for about 5 - 10 minutes. If you have time, allow the salted vegetables to rest in the bowl for about 30 minutes.

2. Place the mixture in a quart-size, wide-mouth mason jar. Make sure it is completely covered with liquid.

3. Allow to ferment for 7 - 10 days in a cool place, away from direct sunlight.

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