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Shrub

What is Shrub?

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Shrub is a vinegar preserve made by infusing vinegar with fresh fruit and herbs. At Shrub Farm we use local organic raw fruit and herbs; organic raw WA state apple cider vinegar, organic cane sugar and organic honey.

The word Shrub is from the Arabic word sharab, which means “to drink”.  Shrubs are the perfect craft soda or cocktail mixer.

Simply mixing 1 part of shrub to 10 parts still or sparkling water is the perfect refresher. Check out our recipes page for some sweet and savory ideas.

Are there health benefits?

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Yes. The raw fruit and herbs that we use are packed with enzymes and vitamins. Our Apple State Vinegar has too many benefits to list here. Check out the Apple Cider Vinegar benefits page for more info.

Is the Mother of Vinegar alive?

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Yes she is! Our Shrub is never heated so the beneficial living bacteria are still intact. The enzymes and vitamins from the fruit are also perfectly preserved.

Are these Shrubs gluten free?

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100% gluten free.

What are the nutritional facts?

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In an 8oz serving; 1/2oz Shrub with Ice and water there are approximately 6-7 grams of Sugar, 7-8 grams of carbs and 25-35 calories. Nutrition Facts for each flavor are available on the Shop page.

What are the ingredients?

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Whole organic fruit and herbs; organic raw Apple State Vinegar, organic cane sugar and organic honey. 

Do you use G.M.O.?

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None.

Is your Shrub vegan?

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No! Our Shrub contains honey but our Shrubs are 100% vegetarian. The honey we use is Save the Bee Certified and contributes to scientific research into how to better protect bees. 1/3 of the food we eat is pollinated by bees!

Why do you drink Shrub?

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1. It tastes great in a drink! (spiked or not)

2. Its easy to incorporate apple cider vinegar into my diet and is super refreshing! 

When do you drink Shrub?

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Whenever I'm thirsty but before or with a meal is a great time to consume shrub. The acetic acid bacteria will help jump start your digestion.

How do you use Shrub?

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1. Drinks! From sodas to cocktails, teas and lemonade. Muddle Shrub with fresh herbs and tonic water.

2. Food Recipes! Salad dressing, marinades, pancakes! Drizzle…on ice-cream or roasted veggies. Check out our recipes page!

How does SHRUB FARM support sustainable agriculture?

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By working directly with farmers!!

We have built relationships with our farming community and support them directly. Direct support helps our farmers sustain, nurture and better protect their land and way of life.

All of the apples for our vinegar come from sustainable organic farmers in Washington state. Organic agriculture practices contribute to healthier land and ocean ecosystem. Shrub Farm is proud to be a 1% for the planet member.

How potent is your Shrub?

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Our Shrub Farm Shrub is the strongest on the market! The Apple Cider Vinegar that we use for our preserve is a 6% acidic acid vinegar. This is 20% stronger than most store bought vinegars. One of our 16oz bottles will make 32 8oz drinks. 1.33 gallons!

Can kids drink Shrub?

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Yes please!

Kids love Shrub. It is the perfect alternative to super sweet soda pop.

It is also packed full of vitamins and enzymes from whole fruit and the mother of vinegar, a living culture. 

How long does Shrub last?

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The “best by date” is 2 years from the bottling date. However if left in a cool dark place they can last even longer. We have never seen a good Shrub go bad. Refrigeration recommended after opening.

Is there alcohol in your Shrub?

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No alcohol! Shrub is however the perfect alternative when choosing not to partake. Try one of our free spirited mocktail recipes.

Apple State Vinegar

What is the Mother of Vinegar?

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The mother of vinegar is a living culture made of acetic acid bacteria. 

The acetic acid bacteria in our apple cider vinegar creates a happy environment in your digestive system that your gut flora will appreciate. Gut flora play a central role in the balance of our body and the acetic acid bacteria in our apple cider vinegar creates the perfect internal environment for them to thrive.

How is apple cider vinegar made?

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Fresh Apples to Pure Vinegar!

Our apple cider vinegar starts by pressing the finest organic apples from WA state to make fresh apple juice. The fresh juice is then fermented into delicious hard cider. We then feed this tasty hard cider to acidic acid bacteria which eat all the alcohol and transforms it into our pure Apple State Vinegar. 

What is acetic acid?

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The acetic acid in our apple cider vinegar is created by acetic acid bacteria which eat alcohol and help transform pure apple juice into pure Apple State Vinegar.

The acetic acid bacteria in our apple cider vinegar creates a happy environment in your digestive system that your gut flora will appreciate.

 

Does apple cider vinegar help with digestion?

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Gut flora play a central role in the balance of our body and the acetic acid bacteria in our apple cider vinegar creates the perfect internal environment for them to thrive. Happy gut flora are able to help us digest our food better. They break down fiber in foods that we can not and create superfoods as byproducts. Some of the amazing thing they create include short chain fatty acids and vitamin b12.

Can apple cider vinegar help balance blood sugar?

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SCFA (short chain fatty acids) help keep balanced blood sugar levels and have been shown to reduce circulating cholesterol. Acetic acid bacteria create a beneficial environment for SCFA production.

Can apple cider vinegar lower cholesterol?

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SCFA (short chain fatty acids) have been shown to reduce the circulating cholesterol. Acetic acid bacteria create a beneficial environment for SCFA production.

Does apple cider vinegar boost the immune system?

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Short chain fatty acids supply energy (ATP) directly to immune cells. These cells create a barrier for infections and boost your immune system. Nourishing your gut with acidic acid bacteria from apple cider vinegar helps to increase SCFA production.

Will apple cider vinegar help with weight loss?

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Short chain fatty acids (SCFA) initiate hormone responses in the body that can let you know when your stomach is full. 

Blending apple cider vinegar into your daily diet with delicious food and drinks will create a happy environment for healthy SCFA creating bacteria to thrive.

Does apple cider vinegar reduce inflammation?

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When the bacteria inside of us find a balance they will prevent overgrowth of bad bacteria which cause inflammation and disease. Apple cider vinegar will help prevent overgrowth of the bad bacteria and promote a balanced environment.

How much vinegar should I drink?

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We recommend 1-2 tablespoons to be taken with meals two or three times a day. Either dilute with water or incorporate into your favorite recipes. Check out our recipe page for some inspiration!

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