Have you tried… VER­JUICE?

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What is it?

Made from the juice of un­ripe grapes, the name means ‘green juice’. As the grapes aren’t fer­mented, it’s non-al­co­holic. It’s long been made by farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties – you may have come across it as ver­jus in France, agresto in Italy, ab ghooreh in Iran or hos­rum in Le­banese cui­sine. What does it taste like? Al­though tart, it’s milder than lemon juice or vine­gar, so gives a gen­tle acid­ity. Use it to deglaze a pan, add bright­ness to dress­ings or driz­zle it over veg. What else can I do with it?

Try it in a cock­tail with gin and rose­mary for a twist on a tom collins, or paired with av­o­cado in a savoury jelly for an on-trend canapé. You’ll also find a recipe for chicken with rose­mary, pine nuts & ver­juice on­line at bbc­good­food.com.

Where can I buy it?

We like Mag­gie Beer’s ver­juice for its depth of flavour and slight sweet­ness. Find it on­line at souschef.co.uk. Anna Law­son

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