Pickled Ginger & Cardamom Carrots

These mild and slightly sweet carrots are a great gateway pickle for those who find the strong flavor of kimchi or kraut overwhelming. It’s not necessary to buy organic cabbage for this recipe, as you’re only using the cabbage leaves to form a barrier between the carrots and the weighted jar. Serve with hummus or a creamy herb dip, or grate the carrots and toss into salads.

Photo by Ronald Tsang

Learn how to make lacto-fermented veggies here. 

1 16-oz jars
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
14400 min
14420 min


  • 1 2-inch 
piece fresh ginger 
(peel-on), scrubbed and thinly sliced
  • 6 green cardamom pods
  • 10 
organic carrots (peel on), scrubbed
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1 tbsp 
high-quality sea salt 
(such as Himalayan or Celtic salt)
  • 2 
small leaves green or purple cabbage


  • 2 16-oz 
wide-mouth glass jars with lids, sterilized
  • 2 
small glass jars with lids (4-oz or 8-oz), sterilized (NOTE: Jars should be narrow enough to fit inside rims of 16-oz jars.)


  1. Divide ginger and cardamom among 2 16-oz wide-mouth glass jars. Cut carrots into 3½-inch lengths, halving or quartering thicker lengths and leaving thin lengths whole. Divide carrots among 16-oz jars, packing tightly.
  2. In a large glass measuring cup, stir together filtered water and salt until salt dissolves. Pour into 16-oz jars, leaving 1-inch headspace between surface of liquid and rim of jars. Arrange cabbage leaves in 16-oz jars over top of carrots. Fill 2 small glass jars with water and seal tightly with lids. Place in 16-oz jars over top of cabbage leaves to keep carrots submerged in liquid.
  3. Place 16-oz jars in a shallow bowl to catch any overflow and cover with clean tea towels. Let ferment in a cool place away from direct sunlight, pressing down on small jars as needed to keep carrots submerged in liquid, for 7 to 14 days. Remove small jars and discard cabbage leaves. Seal 16-oz jars tightly with lids and refrigerate for up to 12 months.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 4 carrot sticks
  • Calories 6
  • Carbohydrate Content 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 0 g
  • Fiber Content 0 g
  • Protein Content 0 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Sodium Content 68 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g