Grab your lederhosen and fill up your beer steins; it’s time for Oktoberfest! Every Cincinnati native knows that Oktoberfest is a big deal in our city. While we may not be able to hit the streets like usual this year, there are certainly ways to celebrate from home! If you’re looking for an easy way to find authentic German products, stop by our Discoveries displays at both stores to get started. Let’s dive in!
Kühne Barrel Sauerkraut
Sauerkraut, or Germany’s superfood, has been a staple in the German diet since the 1600s. The name comes from the German words Sauer (sour) and Kraut (cabbage). However, it was the Chinese who first fermented cabbage in rice wine over 2,000 years ago. It wasn’t until the 16th century that Europeans adopted this habit of fermenting cabbage in its juices rather than wine, thus creating what we know today as German Sauerkraut. We suggest trying Kühne Barrel Sauerkraut. Kühne’s is made according to a traditional German recipe which is packed with full flavors. Try it with smoked pork, crispy pork knuckle, and tasty sausages.
Bechtle’s Swabian Spätzle
Another German tradition you have to try (if you haven’t already) is Spätzle. Originally from the Swabia region of Southern Germany, Spätzle’s unique but simple recipe has been winning over food lovers for centuries. Spätzle dough typically consists of a few ingredients, principally eggs, flour, and salt. The Swabian secret ingredient uses one more egg than the number of persons who will eat the spätzle. Visit our Discoveries display to get your hands on a bag of Bechtle’s traditional Swabian Spätzle. With over 100 years of experience dating back to 1909, you are sure to recreate the iconic Oktoberfest dish from home.
Lorenz Curly Peanut Snacks
Lorenz first introduced peanut Curlys to the German market in 1963. These Curly snacks are crispy and melt in your mouth with a creamy touch of peanut butter. If you’re looking for a quick authentic German snack, we suggest visiting our Discoveries display to grab a bag. Let us know what you think!
Gerolsteiner Mineral Water
If we asked you to close your eyes and imagine a German drink, what would you see? If you guessed beer, don’t worry; you aren’t wrong as many Germans enjoy their steins filled to the brim. However, Germans also fancy a specific refreshment called Gerolsteiner. The Volcanic Eifel in Germany is from where this delicious beverage originates. As the water finds its way through the various rock layers, every drop of Gerolsteiner becomes naturally carbonated. The carbonic acid allows the water to absorb the precious minerals and trace elements from the dolomite rock—this must-have for hangover mornings and, indeed, a secret weapon for recreating an authentic German celebration. Find an assortment of these products at our Discoveries display!
Langnese began selling honey in Germany in 1927. Part of what makes Langnese honey unique and different from other kinds of honey is the process that goes into making it. Langnese Honey is not heated past pasteurization. Instead, it’s heated to a maximum temperature of 95˚F, which is beehive temperature. This process ensures all the natural vitamins and natural benefits of honey are not lost. Try swapping your usual go-to with this german classic and let us know what you think. Find it in our Discoveries display!
Now that we’ve given you a place to start, we hope you step out of your comfort zone and try something new this Oktoberfest season. After all, it is the Zinzinnati way! To read about past Discoveries, click here.
Discoveries at the Jungle
So what is “Discoveries at the Jungle”? It’s our way to show you some of coolest, wildest, and most interesting foods from around Jungle Jim's! Each month, we curate a special selection of items from throughout the Jungle that we think you'll love! We have a dedicated space in each of our stores where you can find our featured products, plus, we have a wide range of information on our website about each month’s theme. We can’t wait for you try this month’s Discoveries!
Take a look at our past Discoveries at the Jungle! From mint, barbecue, and even Holland-themed collections, we have it all! You never know what food could be your new obsession, but whatever it is, we're guaranteed to have it here at Jungle Jim's.