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Texas Gardening: Turks Cap fruit makes a great Agua Fresca!

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Fauther
Mcallen, TX

November 18, 2012
8:01 PM

Post #9336682

Mexican Apple Agua Fresca "Manzanitas" Fruit of the Turk's Cap
Makes 2 cups agua fresca
The amber color of this juice may trick folks into believing it is actually apple juice or Texas tea. But the earthy, cucumber-sweet flavor will be a
pleasant, unique surprise. Serve with a few Turk’s cap flower petals floating in each glass for an added wild edible experience. And don’t forget that some juices are meant to be spiked! Add some tequila and you’ll have a delicious cocktail on the rocks.

1/2 c ripe Mexican apples
½ c dried Turk’s cap flowers
2 c water
¼ c sugar (you can adjust sweetener amount and type based on your own taste)

Wash the fruit and place in a saucepan with the flowers, water and sugar. Simmer approximately 15 to 20 minutes until the fruit softens. Crush the fruit with the back of a large spoon or a masher. Strain the liquid through several layers of cheesecloth and gently squeeze out all the juices. Let it cool and serve over ice.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 19, 2012
6:05 AM

Post #9336936

Very nice!! I will have to try it some time, I just pick and eat the fruits as i work in the garden.
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 22, 2012
8:23 PM

Post #9340288

That sounds delicious. Thank you!

bariolio

bariolio
Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2012
9:37 PM

Post #9356966

Wow, I didn't know you could eat them! Are they kind of sour? sweet? dryish? That cooler sounds like fun to make. I think I'll harvest some and try it.
Janet

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

December 13, 2012
5:46 AM

Post #9357059

They are slightly sweet, with lots of crunchy seeds, but they taste good.

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