Derived from a natural thickener, kanten (or agar-agar) is a versatile companion to seasonal fruits and toppings.
(makes about 2 cups of seasonal fruit kanten)
2 cups of tea, herbal tisane, or kombucha, sweetened to your taste
2 heaping tbsp of kanten flakes
Fruit of your choice, cut into ½ inch slices or chunks (our favorites include rhubarb, lemon, or plums. If using berries, leave whole.)
Edible flower petals (optional)
Step 1: Make your base. Pour 2 cups of cooled tea or tisane into a saucepan. Sprinkle 2 heaping tbsp of kanten flakes over the liquid. Do not stir. Bring the liquid to a simmer---again, resist the temptation to stir! Simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes on low heat while stirring occasionally to help the flakes dissolve.
Step 2: Add fruit. Pour the warm kanten liquid into a shallow dish. The kanten will begin to set as it cools. Arrange your fruit evenly throughout the kanten. For individual portions, divide kanten equally into small bowls.
Step 3: Cool. Allow the kanten to cool to room temperature before transferring to the fridge for the final set. Leave uncovered for 1-2 hours. The final consistency will be similar to jello. Sprinkle edible flower petals such as nasturtium or elderflowers if desired.
Portion and enjoy!