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Healthy Jelly

Served chilled, this light, delicious, and nutritious dessert is a perfect summer treat.

Makes 20-25 jellies
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients
Ashitaba (Angelica keiskei) leaves, 70 g
Apple, half (about 200 g)
Agar powder or plain pectin, 1 1/2 teaspoons
Sugar, 70 g
Water, 600 ml

Preparation

1. Rinse ashitaba leaves, cut into small pieces, and blend with water in a blender until smooth.
2. Add sugar to the ashitaba puree.
3. In a pot, bring the mixture to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly with a long-handled wooden spoon. Pour in the agar all at once and stir. Return mixture to a full rolling boil; boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
4. Rinse apple, peel and cut into 1-cm pieces, set aside.
5. Pour the ashitaba mixture into jelly molds, place 3-4 pieces of apple in each mold, and let the jelly cool.
6. Chill jellies. Serve cold jellies with cream poured over the top.

Variations
Ashitaba leaves can be replaced with sesbania flower buds with their pistils and styles removed.