Sour Grape Juice

3 Aug

Verjuice (English), Verjus (French), Agresto ( Italian), Gur (Persian), Hisrim (Arabic) is the juice made from unripe grapes (sometimes with the addition of other sour ingredients such as sour apples or acidic herbs) which was used throughout Europe, Persia and the Arabic world during the Middle Ages. It was used as a souring agent as you would use citrus juice or vinegar. 

To make verjuice simply take a bunch of unripe grapes and squeeze the juice out of them with your hands. Strain and its ready to use. The juice was traditionally preserved by adding salt, nowadays it is easy to preserve, by freezing in an ice cube tray to make usable portions of, this delicious condiment.

Use verjus to season fried courgettes Italian style see Fried Courgette Salad


2 Responses to “Sour Grape Juice”

  1. toads 28/09/2009 at 18:08 #

    Interesting to use unripe grapes this way. I have a wineplant, where two third of the unripe grapes must be cut, to have big sweet grapes of the rest. Verjus is the answer to the pity feeling when dropping all the grape wannabees on the ground.

  2. Laura Hudson 01/10/2009 at 10:46 #

    Hi toads, nice to see you here too. I am sure the great minds of the past came up with verjus because of that very reason

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