March 29 to June 30th: Flowers and Shrubs

Mimosa (Acacia Dealbata) is one of the earliest trees to bloom at the end of the winter, here, in France.
Mimosa blooming is the signal that the winter is ending up and that the spring will be there soon. The blooming is really spectacular as this evergreen tree is then taking the look of a big bright yellow cloud. The mimosa scent is amazing, a perfume you can smell from afar, warm, powdery, flowery with tones of honey, hay and green banana. 

That’s why Mimosa flower absolute (essential oil) is widely use as a ingredient for aromatherapy, cosmetics and soap manufacturin and also why Mimosa is traditionnally use in France (mainly in the South) to make cristalized flowers and syrups. 

In the same vein, to enjoy its beautiful perfume for a time longer than the flowering season, we will transform the beautiful mimosa flowers into a naturally fermented mimosa soda, a grapefruit and mimosa shrub, a mimosa sugar. In the last video sequence we will also make a dessert using these 3 ingredients. And describe each step along the way. 

Holisoa Rajerison describes how to make several things with Mimosa flowers, including a Mimosa Shrub, a Mimosa sugar, a Mimosa Soda, and a dessert à l’assiette with these 3 items: Dessert a l’assiette Grapefruit granita, ajo blanco, mimosa soda, black garlic and grapefruits supremes

March 29 segment is a lagniappe, and a way to still get in on the over 200+ planned videos you’ll be able to watch. While we prepare for our April 25th Asian techniques event and our July 19 virtual book fair of writers that have or will publish books this year, along with a review of some recently published scientific papers that have essentially changed everything. 

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Tonics and Ferments – March 29, 2021

7 to 9 PM ET

Our first 4 events of Ferments and Cultures2021 present techniques – in over 100 videos – such as foraged vegetables ferments, making shio-koji, using koji as an agent to create foods from otherwise wasted food sources, corn fermentations and its use in drinks, baked goods, misos and pickles and tonics. Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Mead. Dashi. Shoyu. Medicinal brews. Fermented Flowers. Shrubs. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Sourdough. Nettles, Vinegar. Filamentous Fungus. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Fermented Teas. Corn Koji. Buckwheat rejuvelac. Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Sake, Rice wine,Seaweed Salads. African spice blends and cultures. Bread History. Corn. Seeds.


The Crew at Golden State Pickle Works

$45 for all 4 events including Zoom meeting and associated videos, or see pull down menu. Use this Registration Link You can register for all events up until May 1, then watch until June 30th.

All videos are always at Vimeo.com/culturesgroup Some may be in a specific showcase, either visible or hidden to anyone without the passcode to get in. Our videos are always password protected. You must have both the showcase address, and the passcode for a specific event.


March 29, 7 to 9 PM ET – Tonics and Ferments – Vegetable ferments. Restorative Tonics. Meads. Shio-Koji. Dashi. Medicinal brews. Foraged rescue remedies. Sourdough. Spring Nettles. Miso soups. Mushrooms. Lactofermented brines. Amasake. Shrubs. Seaweed salad. Water kefir. Milk Kefir. Miso. Amino Pastes. Jiangs. Kombucha. Tea Ferments.

April 25, 2021 – Asian Techniques 10 AM to 1 PM ET – Corn, Squash, Rice, Seeds, Nuts and Roots: Shio-koji, Tempe, Misos, Amino Pastes, Drinks, Sauces, Jangs, Bokashi, and sweets


Each event has a live event at the following time and dates, Eastern Standard. The Africa Diaspora event is included and took place February 21 – 12 PM to 1:30 PM Eastern Time, as is the March 21 – 12 to 3 PM Eastern time part 1 of Ferments and Tonics. Edited, excerpted recordings are also at the Vimeo website. They included presentations by:


Previous Events this year with:

Contact us at kojiandpickles@gmail.com to discuss presentations, videos, interviews, talks you would like to create, or to become an intern or volunteer. We are actively soliciting input from people worldwide to share one or more videos for future sessions.


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