Aruna Lee and her family, Peter and Leon
Aruna was born in South Korea and grew up in a Buddhist monastery where home-grown vegetables were at the heart of every meal. She launched Volcano Kimchi in 2014 with the aim of creating a high-quality, vegan kimchi reminiscent of her youth. Aruna’s kimchi is organic, vegan, gluten-free, and has no refined sugars. It‘s traditional with local flare, and uniquely delicious.
Most ingredients for kimchi and sauces are sourced from local organic growers, including many at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. For the brining process, she uses a high-quality French grey sea salt, and enhances all her kimchi with seaweed harvested in Maine. She believes that ingredients and practices that support the earth also make for a superior product.