Introducing: Paul Burt's Goldenrod Vinegar
I know some pretty cool humans. People who truly love to discover and experiment. People who take time to learn how to better their health and the world around them. People who love adventure and nourishing food and meaningful conversation. People who love music and living genuinely and dancing to the "beet" of their own drum. One of these humans happens to be my little brother, the wonderfully talented Paul Burt. He is up to a lot of good and has graciously agreed to share some of his findings with us here on The Vibrant Beet! Check out his first contribution below. I think you will really like this one. Stay tuned for more cool and unique stuff to come from PB! Ever wonder what that yellow weed is all along side the road? In the Northeast, Goldenrod pops out among the brush.I became suspicious that this beautiful yellow weed had some health benefits, so I looked it up. I learned that the roots, leaves and flowers are full of compounds that can aid in cleansing the kidneys. In fact, 18th century Americans would harvest and call it “Liberty Tea”, drinking it in active defiance of British imported tea.
I decided to make an attempt at making my own goldenrod vinegar from a recipe that I found during my initial research. First, I pulled up a sufficient amount of goldenrod, roots and all. I also cut off some extra flowers.Next, I cut off all of the roots and washed off the dirt. I then selected a good amount of leaves and flowers and combined them with the roots in a bucket. I transferred it all into a ceramic dish that has a spout and poured over 70% white vinegar, 30% apple cider vinegar.After letting it sit for 2 months, I drained all of the remaining vinegar – now goldenrod vinegar – into glass containers. There was a thick scoby-like (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) presence on the far top of the remaining goldenrod, but as you can see, the goldenrod vinegar came out clear. Not to mention, it tastes amazing!! I like to use it for salads. It has a complex vegetal flavor. Cheers to healthy kidneys!