Toursi (Τουρσί) ~ Greek Pickled Vegetables
One of our subscribers who recently vacationed in Karpathos wrote to us and shared her experience with the island’s pickled sea fennel. She mentioned how much she loved it, asked where she could find it, and wanted to get a recipe. We thought it was a great idea for a blog so everyone can enjoy.
Karpathos~Style Pickled Wild Sea Fennel (Κρίταμο Τουρσί, Kritamo Toursi)
2 cups water
1 cup cider vinegar
1½ teaspoons sea salt
1 garlic clove, halved
2 small bay leaves
2 pounds wild sea fennel, rinsed
2 pre-sterilized 1-pint jars
2 lemon slices
Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving
1. Combine water, vinegar, salt, garlic, and bay leaves in a large saucepot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add sea fennel and cook until just tender, about 5 minutes (do not overcook).
2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sea fennel, garlic and bay leaves to sterilized jars, dividing evenly. Top each with a lemon slice. Carefully pour hot vinegar mixture over each, filling within ½ inch of the top of the jars. Firmly but gently tap each jar against the counter to release any trapped air or run a knife along the inside edge to the bottom. Wipe the top of the jars dry and cover tightly with the lids. Refrigerate overnight before serving. (Can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 month.)
3. To serve: Drizzle the chilled Toursi with olive oil for a condiment or side dish, add to salads with citrus sections, or use as a garnish for fish or meats.
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