Most kimchi (Korean fermented pickles) use lots of red chile flakes and are bold and spicy. This is a white kimchi, which means it's made without the red chile. Some kimchi ferment for weeks, but Andrea Reusing lets these turnips pickle at room temperature for only two days. "It's really special to have something that's just starting to ferment," she says. "it's more about the flavor of the vegetable."
This elegant, crunchy salad includes vitamin-and-mineral-packed beets, turnips and fennel, plus protein-rich eggs. Barbara Lynch tosses the shaved vegetables with vinegar and olive oil until they're slightly pickled.
Kimchi is a naturally fermented, often chile-flecked pickle that many Koreans eat with almost every meal. A great gift for anyone who loves spicy food, this kimchi can be added to stir-fries, used as a burger topping or eaten straight from the jar.
"Hijiki and arame seaweeds retain a good texture during fermentation," explains Alex Hozven of this kraut inspired by the Japanese macrobiotic diet. If you can't find burdock, substitute another root vegetable, like carrot.
Sunchoke relish is on every table in Georgia and South Carolina, says Linton Hopkins. "When I was a boy, I thought they were the funniest artichokes," he recalls; in fact, they are knotty tubers with a sweet, crunchy taste.
Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban pickle ramps for this dish, but cipollini are easier to find and work nicely as well. The recipe makes more pickled onions than you'll need, but they keep for several weeks in the refrigerator and are delicious as a garnish for meat or cocktails.