Food From the Farm: Apple Shrub

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One of the Ark of Taste?s heritage foods is Shrub, a beverage that enjoyed its heyday in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Shrub can be made from a variety of fruits. Here is one recipe using apples. The finished product can be served in cocktails or added to fizzy water for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.

Apple Shrub

Adapted from a recipe developed by Alexandra Emanuelli, Ark of Taste Fall Intern at Slow Food USA

  • 1 cup of chopped apple (Gravenstein recommended)
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey (pecan honey recommended)
  • 2 inch knob of ginger
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Finely chop the apple. There is no need to peel it. Remove the skin from the ginger and finely chop. Put the ginger and the apple into a bowl and toss with the honey. Let stand for an hour. Macerate the fruit mixture. Cover and leave for 24 hours, at room temperature or in the fridge.

After 24 hours have passed, add the vinegar and stir again. Store at room temperature or in the fridge, stirring once a day, for five to seven days depending on the strength of flavor that you want to develop and the patience you have for making this drink. Strain the mixture through a cheese cloth, discard solids, and transfer to a clean jar when finished. Serve over ice with sparkling water, proportions to taste.

By: operaswain Swain | Nov 21, 2013 10:29 PM | Permalink
Don't throw awayt the solids! Use them in muffins, carrot cake, add to apple sauce for extra pro-biotics, or just spread them on toast like apple butter!

By: Virginia Johnson | Nov 21, 2013 06:55 PM | Permalink
Ray and I, the farmers at Custom Gardens Organic Farm in Silver Springs, Nevada - LOVE the shrub we make using our Gala apples, the honey from our hives, and of course the wonderful certified organic baby ginger we grow and harvest fresh from our high-tunnel "ginger house". You too can enjoy freshly harvested baby ginger, when you try out your shrub beverage. Visit our LocalHarvest store-front soon for more information.
says:    (Nov 22, 2013 12:00 AM)

Would LOVE to grow Ginger, live in southern Indiana do you think it would grow?

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