Friday, August 24, 2012

Habanero Shrub

No, it's not a pepper plant that grows into a shrub!  The speaker at last week's Herb Society meeting gave a program on shrubs, aciduated beverages made with fruit juices, sugar, and other ingredients.  Shrubs were popular before refrigeration, as a means to preserve fruits long past picking time.  They're used as a mix with other ingredients, like soda water or iced tea, to provide a pick-me-up.

They're usually made with berries such as blackberries, elderberries, blueberries and the like. The speaker provided a recipe for one made with habanero peppers!

Marion's Habanero Shrub

1/4 cup ripe blemish-free habanero peppers
1 cup apple cider vinegar
About 1 cup honey
2 tbsp cocoa (or to taste)
1/2 vanilla bean

If you're not that adventurous, try this Blackberry Shrub!

Blackberry Shrub

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