Have you tried… VERJUICE?
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