The starter that started it all, San Francisco. Known for its world-class sourdough, the San Francisco Wild Culture Sourdough Starter was captured at sea level in 1999 and features a quick rise, tangy sour flavor, and golden colors when baked.
From counter-culture to sourdough culture, our San Francisco sourdough is one of the world’s best.
Some say fog is the secret ingredient in San Francisco sourdough, but really, the two dominant “stars” in San Francisco sourdough are Lactobacillus Sanfrancisco (the bacteria) and Saccharomyces Exiguus (the yeast).
The bacteria to yeast ratio of San Francisco sourdough culture is 100:1, which partly explains why San Francisco sourdough is so sour in flavor; it is the bacteria that produces the sour flavor in sourdough bread.
Other region’s cultures tend to have a more even ratio of bacteria to yeast, which partly explains taste differences. San Francisco sourdough produces a crisp tang flavor, the most sour and distinct flavor of all the Wild Culture Sourdough Starters that we provide.
This San Francisco Wild Culture Sourdough Starter was captured in 1999 in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Nick-named “the Creature”, this was the first Wild Culture we captured, responsible for starting this whole sourdough obsession!
Order 1-oz. Wild Culture San Francisco Sourdough Starter in dried powder format, which can be activated easily at home with water and flour. The sourdough culture is ready for baking as soon as 2 days from activation.