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Apple Berry Jelly

Agar Flakes make a vegetarian jelly that is light, cooling, and quick to prepare.

Serves 6



  1. Pour juice into a saucepan and add the pinch of salt. Sprinkle the agar flakes over the juice and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Bring the juice to a simmer over medium heat stirring occasionally. Simmer for 3 minutes then remove from the heat. Add the lemon peel and juice.
  2. Pour the hot juice over fresh whole or sliced berries in a casserole dish or mould. Refrigerate or set in a cool place, uncovered. The jelly will be firm in 1-2 hours.

If you want it to set more quickly, pour the hot mix into shallow individual serving bowls and refrigerate.


John & Jan BellemeJohn & Jan Belleme

John & Jan Belleme are leading autorities on the healing powers of traditional Japanese foods. Before turning his focus to food and health, John was a research biologist for the Veteran's association in Miami, Florida, and he worked in laboratories at the Universities of Miami Medical School and Harvard University Medical School.

For more than twenty-five years John has applied his background in medical research to interpreting the literature on traditional Japanese medicinal foods.

In 1979, after living and studying in Japan for over a year - where the Bellemes learned the craft of miso making firsthand - they co-founded the American Miso Company, one of the world's largest producers of traditional miso.

Since the 1980s the Bellemes have researched and written, and in many cases illustrated, over 130 published articles on the subject of Japanese foods, including four books: Culinary Treasures of Japan; Cooking with Japanese Foods: A Guide to the Traditional Natural Foods of Japan; Clearspring - The Real Taste of Japan and The Miso Book.

John and Jan travel throughout the eastern United States giving lectures about authentic Japanese foods, and every winter, with partner Sandy Pukel, organise a week-long health cruise that features prominent experts in macrobiotic cooking, healthy living, holistic medicine, yoga, meditation, shiatsu, Pilates, and natural beauty aids. They live in Saluda, North Carolina.