Pickled Planet, tucked away in a small, gray building on the remote, northern side of Water Street, is a hidden treasure. The family-owned business offers healthy snacks for locavores who desire zing in their diet.

Pickled Planet, tucked away in a small, gray building on the remote, northern side of Water Street, is a hidden treasure. The family-owned business offers healthy snacks for locavores who desire zing in their diet.

We're not talking just peas and carrots. Pickled Planet creates new twists on sauerkraut, too. Love Kraut contains red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and burdock root seasoned with cumin and coriander seed. Beat Kraut is a blend of red cabbage, beets, carrots and caraway.

Store shelves are filled with 16-ounce jars of other brightly colored cultured vegetables gushing with flavor. There are jars of yellow Veda Kraut with curry spices, lime green Dilly Beans and fiery-red Taqueria Mix "taco-stand" pickles, all selling for $6.50.

Korean-inspired red Kim Chee ($6.50) is made of cabbage, carrots, daikon radish, ginger and garlic. Japanese-influenced Velvet Sea slaw ($8) is handmade with fresh cabbage, burdock, fresh diced ginger, and hijiki and arame seaweed.

In 2002, founder Courtlandt Jennings discovered a way to use local produce to create year-round carrots, peppers and other nutritious snacks. Similar to cultured yogurt, these vegetables contain beneficial microorganisms.

Two of Pickled Planet's stated goals are to buy organic produce from farmers and divert waste from landfills.

Find it: Pickled Planet products are in Oregon and Northern California stores, including the Ashland Food Co-op, Market of Choice and Shop'n Kart in Ashland and Tark's Market in Talent, as well as online at http://pickledplanet.com or at the Pickled Planet store, 225 Water St., Ashland, 541-201-2689.