Grass Jelly

Grass Jelly is an herbal jelly dessert. Delicate and refreshing! It’s made from the roots and stems of the grass jelly herb (called mesona) and typically served as a combination of jelly and liquid. People mostly purchase this dessert canned and pre-made, but once you try this fresh and elegant homemade version, you’ll never go back. Enjoy!

Provided by: Onolicious Hawaii

Categories: Hawaii Recipes

Time: 375 min

Yield: 3 servings

Number Of Ingredients: 4



Prep Time

01 mins

Cook Time

2:23 hours

Total Time

2:43 hours

4 ounces grass jelly herb (the roots and stems of the mesona plant)
20 cups water
10 grams agar agar powder
Honey or sugar (optional)
Place the grass jelly herb in a big colander. Gently rinse for 30 seconds to clean the herb, then drain.
Place the drained herbs in a large pot. Add the water. Place a lid on top. Bring to a boil then turn the heat down to low. Let simmer for 2-3 hours on low heat.
Remove from heat and let the liquid cool. Then strain the liquid and discard the grass jelly herb. (We will use half of this liquid to make the "jelly component," and the other half to make the "liquid component").
Make the jelly component first: measure 8 cups of the liquid and pour that into a medium pot. Add the agar agar powder. Whisk well to dissolve. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Then turn the heat down to low. Gently sweeten the mixture with honey or sugar. Add a tablespoon at a time until you reach the amount of preferred sweetness.
Whisk and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Then pour into a clean pan (or tray or pot) and let cool. Then place in the fridge to let it set for 2-3 hours.
Make the liquid component next: pour the remaining liquid into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Sweeten with honey or sugar (use as much or as little as you'd like). You can then drink this hot liquid as a "grass jelly tea." It is delicious on cold days. Make sure to save some of liquid for the final grass jelly dessert. Set aside and let cool.
Then prepare the complete grass jelly dessert. Remove the jelly from the refrigerator. Scoop or cut the grass jelly into cubes and place into a dessert bowl. Pour the grass jelly liquid (which you made in Step 7) over the jelly cubes. Serve chilled. Eat with a spoon and enjoy ^_^