Barberries / Zereshk
• 200 grams of barberries
• Also known as zereshk, pipperages, barberry zirishk
• Sour fruit
• Dried appropriately
• Highest standard of quality
Description: These barberries come in a 200g packaging and are of the highest quality of production from Saharkhiz. Barberries are a dried fruit used in Persian cooking and in some way resemble the more common cranberry. Whilst the product might be used to stuff quail or used in jam, they are most commonly added to rice to cook the dish zeresk polow. This result is a sour dish which is often paired with saffron.
Our barberries are sure to be of the highest quality and we only provide the most traditional way in harvesting and producing them.
There are various ways to cook this dish and many variations can be seen online.
General Information: Berberis vulgaris, also known as common barberry, European barberry or simply barberry, is a shrub in the genus Berberis. It produces edible but sharply acidic berries, which people in many countries as a refreshing fruit and an additive in many different cuisines. The berries are edible and rich in vitamin C, though with a very sharp flavour; the thorny shrubs make harvesting them difficult, so in most places, they are not widely consumed. However, it can still be found in popular dishes in the Middle East and Asia.
Barberries are known to have many medicinal qualities and have been used for this purpose for many centuries. In Iran, which is a country with a climate appropriate for growing many different medicinal plants, it is commonly used in cooking and for building up the immune system. Within the plants of barberries there contains berberine, which is a medicinal compound that has been used in Iran and many other countries for 3000 years. Due to its high levels of vitamins and antioxidants, there is much research on the properties and values of barberries for consumption. The Berberis Vulgas genus of plant is a very special plant in that many of its biological features can be used as medicinal medicines, although the barberry itself has proven to be the most effective across many different purposes.
A widely available Russian candy called Барбарис (Barberis) is made using an extract from the berries, which are pictured on the wrapper. In Europe, the berries have been traditionally used as an ingredient in making jam. The berries are high in pectin which makes the jam congeal as it cools after having been boiled. In southwestern Asia, especially Iran, the berries are used for cooking, as well as for jam-making. In Iran, barberries are commonly used as a currant in rice pilaf.