The food we eat each day is our body’s fuel and provides the building blocks for our cells, and the environment for the microbes that call our bodies home. But it is all too easy, and tempting, to consume foods that satisfy our deep cravings for sugar and carbohydrates when they are readily available, convenient and inexpensive. Diet trends come and go, and extreme dietary changes are statistically difficult to maintain in the long term. But what if eating healthier doesn’t mean drastically changing our diets but rather keeping the fridge stocked with ferments packed with nutrition that we can reach for any time. That is the idea guiding “The Fermented Apothecary” series. We can bring the wisdom of generations of healers onto our plates at every meal through the accessible, inexpensive practice of fermenting with medicinal plants.