The Spicy Hermit is a one-woman operation (with help from generous friends and community) owned and managed by Eunice Chang, who was inspired to make kimchi by watching her halmoni, or grandmother. She crafts traditional and seasonal kimchi using fresh produce from local farms (including those at Durham Farmers Market!) and time-honored fermentation methods. What is kimchi? Simply put, kimchi is a delicious product resulting from seemingly magical alchemy of vegetables and spices. All kimchi from The Spicy Hermit is raw, gluten-free, and vegan, and manufactured at each produce’s seasonal peak. The Spicy Hermit’s mission is to preserve local produce through the seasons while still maintaining and enhancing their natural nutritious qualities.
In addition to the traditional napa cabbage, The Spicy Hermit offers other flavors such as green cabbage and carrot, slightly sweet radish, mustardy turnip, and when in season, smoky collard greens and unique butternut squash. Kimchi makes for a wonderful side dish (like pickles) in addition to being a highly flavorful seasoning for many dips and sauces.
A note on the name: spicy is self-evident, though not all kimchi is spicy; hermit comes from the fact that Korea was once called the ‘Hermit Kingdom.’
All kimchi is made at a certified, commercial kitchen and is inspected by North Carolina Department of Agriculture.