Zereshk

Zereshk are tart and lightly sweet berries used in Persian cuisine.  Also labeled ‘barberries,’ zereshk is typically paired with chicken and rice dishes.   Zereshk jam, zereshk juice, and zereshk fruit rolls are also popular treats produced with zereshk berries.

Always wash zereshk before using.  Small rocks, twigs and dirt get lodged in the packaging and should be removed carefully.  Rinse zereshk several times in a bowl of cool water and discard any debris that falls to the bottom of the bowl.

When using zereshk in dishes, sautee in vegetable oil or butter for 2-3 min or heat using a microwave oven for one minute.  This will soften the dried barberries and bring out the tart flavor.

Iranian, middle eastern, or ethnic stores usually carry zereshk berries in a dried form.  Usually priced between $7-$10 per package.

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