Raw Mandarin Shrub Recipe

Raw Mandarin Shrub Recipe

Here’s a simple Mandarin Shrub recipe from our own homegrown fermentation guru Holly Davis (author of the Pip Shop bestseller Ferment). The recipe features in the latest Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar 2019 (available now for pre-order from the Pip Shop!)

Raw Mandarin Shrub*

*A shrub is an old fashioned fermented fruit drink (used like a cordial).


  • 660 g (3 cups) of raw sugar
  • 6 mandarins, peel only
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 750 ml (3 cups) mandarin juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar


Combine the sugar and mandarin peel in a food processor or blender and blitz for 10 seconds, until the mixture is a rough pulp.

Pour into a bowl and add the lemon zest, mandarin juice and vinegar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Cover with a clean tea towel and leave at room temperature to steep overnight.

The next day, strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the liquid.

Decant the liquid into a sterilised glass bottle or jar, seal and refrigerate.

Makes approximately 1 litre (4 cups). The shrub can be used immediately or wait 3-4 weeks to allow the flavours to mellow. It can be kept for up to 12 months or more.

Recipe: adapted from the book ‘Ferment’ by Holly Davis (Murdoch Books 2017). Photograph: Robyn Rosenfeldt

*A shrub is an old fashioned fermented fruit drink (used like a cordial).


The Pip Kitchen Garden Calendar is back for 2019 and it’s bigger and better than ever!

Featuring a beautiful pull-out “sow when” planting poster, moon phases gardening guide and 12 scrumptious seasonal recipes.

With recipes and beautiful photographs from:
  1. Stephanie Alexander
  2. Paul West (River Cottage Australia)
  3. Milkwood Permaculture
  4. Grown & Gathered by Matt & Lentil
  5. Holly Davis & many more
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    goodness, I read that as ‘scrub’ a few times and couldn’t figure out how the liquid was going to do the job!!!

    Aug 14, 2018 Reply

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