I first thought of these during the spring alliums contest. However, the spring alliums I had in mind, namely garlic scapes, never reached my fair shores. At least my local Whole Foods never called me. No matter, I was excited to try them sans spring alliums and happy that they were as good as I had imagined. As an added bonus, everyone in my family -- gf hubby, tomato bandit and picky kid included -- loved them. If you have extra syrup, it makes a mean martini. Simply add 2 ounces of your favorite gin (I used Aviation), plus 1 T of the syrup, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass. I call it the Do-Over Martini, for those days that you would care not to remember. Like yesterday for me. These make forgetting easy.
Gingeroot's Spring rolls with mint, pork and green apple do their main ingredient proud. The minty pork filling is rolled with mint in a crunchy rice paper envelope, and bolstered with a sweet and tangy mint syrup. The herb proves its dexterity in each variation. To take it one step further, we ate them Vietnamese style, wrapped in lettuce with more mint and whole basil leaves. It seems that writing this review has triggered a craving; back to the store for more rice paper! —Erik Hellman