Kvass or kvas (from Old East Slavic квасъ, kvasŭ, meaning "yeast" or "leaven"; today, in Bielarusian: квас,kvas, сиривець, siriviets; Lithuanian: gira; Russian: квас, kvas; in Ukrainian: квас, хлібний квас or сирівець,kvas, khlibnyy kvas or syrivets; Polish kwas; meaning "acid" in the 16th century), sometimes called a bread drink in English, is a fermented beverage made from black or regular rye bread. The colour of the bread used contributes to the colour of the resulting drink. It is classified as a non-alcoholic drink by Russian standards, as the alcohol content from fermentation is typically less than 1.2%..
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon is full of interesting information on this health elixir prized by Eastern European, Russia, and other Slavic countries. I have been wanting to make some, but our tropical heatwave had made that impossible up until recently (things ferment too quickly when your house sits at 78°F all day). Thankfully the Gulf Stream has split off and we are now freezing our buns off (all you, Yankees, are laughing your buns off right now. I just know it :)) So soon I will be fermenting sauerkraut and making kvass.
In the meantime head over to Food Renegade and check out her Kvass giveaway! I never seen such a product down South, but maybe a change is gonna come as naturally probiotic rich beverages grow in demand.
from The Food Renegade:
Like kombucha, kvass is an ancient fermented beverage known for promoting optimal health. First mentioned in Old Russian Chronicles in 989, kvass is the most common non-alcoholic beverage drunk in Slavic countries. It has been said that throughout its history, it has (in some places and times) been more popular than water. Visit any major city in any Slavic country today, and chances are you’ll see kvass vendors on the street.
Like beer, Kvass can turn quite foamy, particularly when made from rye. Veggie kvass ferments tend to simply be fizzy. A refreshing thirst-quencher, a tonic for digestion, a probiotic, and a powerful detoxifier, kvass has deserved its prominent place in Slavic cultures.Head on over for a chance to win. She has 8 ways to enter.
|They look so tempting and refreshing!|