Fun Facts About Sauerkraut!

  • Sauerkraut has been around forever! The earliest recordings of its use date back to more than 4,000 years ago, when fermenting vegetables was done in Northeastern China. This method of food preparation then spread to Russia, and eventually Europe and the United States to become a unique dish with worldwide consumption today.
  • “Sauerkraut” is German for “sour cabbage.” This terminology was first used in American English in 1776 and was affiliated with German communities in the United States.
  • Sauerkraut’s use in dishes has expanded well beyond hot dogs, brats, and reubens. One interesting example is its use in German chocolate cupcakes! Find the recipe at
  • The typical substances used in the fermenting process are water or vinegar and salt, but the earliest method used by the Chinese substituted the salt for wine.
  • Sauerkraut was used to combat scurvy in the 1700s. British sailors on long voyages would become deficient in vitamin C, which is the cause of scurvy. Captain James Cook carried sauerkraut on his voyages in the 1770s, and did not lose a single sailor to scurvy!