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Looking for White Verjus

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Does anyone know where I can find this ingredient? Has anyone ever seen it at liquor stores? Fairway? I hate to get it mail order and pay the shipping. I've not looked for it before.

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  1. I get it at Grace's Marketplace...Third Ave & 71st Street in Manhattan....they have both red & white verjus...

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    1. re: fauchon

      there's a persian sour grape juice product that I believe is essentially the same thing as verjus - its sold at Sahadi and also at the persian store on 29th (?) street in Manhattan if its still there.

      1. re: jen kalb

        That's interesting. I'm not familiar with that Persian product. I used lots of rub 'anar (pomegranate molasses) and rose water and some other exotic things when I was married to a Persian, but I don't remember seeing that in the Middle Eastern places in Southern California that we would go to. Do you know the name of this?

        And by the way, I what area of 29th Street is/was the Persian store on. I never saw it.

        Thanks,
        Jill

        1. re: JH Jill

          Al right, I pulled the bottle out of the closet. the brand, Goldasht, it is actually called verjuice on the label (with a picture of a bunch of grapes in golden liquid.
          My persian cookbook calls this ab-ghureh and give a recipe for making it out of unripe grapes. It was $3.99 for a 450 cc bottle. Made in Iran.

          There also appears to be a dried version of this, gard-e-ghureh.

          The store is/was in Murray Hill, within a block of 5th. I have no idea whether the store is still there, but it had certainly been there for many years.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Thanks so much, Jen. That's so interesting. I just checked for it in a couple of Persian recipes, and I it seems to be something that can be used in place of lime juiice or limu omani, the dried limes we used.

            I've never actually tried verjus. I've found some interesting recipes with it. I'll have to hit Sahadi's and look around. It's been years since I've been there.

            I've never heard about that Persian market. I'll check for it next time I'm around there.

            1. re: jen kalb

              This whole Persian thing made me nostalgic. I started looking around the Internet. I found out that Goldasht is in Gilan, on the Caspain Sea, same area my husband was from. I'm so surprised I was ignorant of ab-ghureh. I started looking at recipe sites and that made me want to buy some stuff to make fesanjun and so many other things. So I looked for the Persian Market. The one in Manhattan must be Pars International Products at 145 West 30th. But I found two listings for Iranian groceris in Queens. One is Middle East Supermarket. It just says 102 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills (obviously wrong address). The other is Sunflower at 97-22 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. I'll have to check into that.

              Thanks for putting me up to this. I might end up learning a lot and making some delicious foods.