Today I had the pleasure of trying a not so average, delicious, Green Juice at Sōw in San Francisco. Sōw is a fresh juice company in San Francisco that showcases seasonal, organic produce from local farmers. Like many new institutions in San Francisco, Sōw started as a Pop-Up Shop inside the Pause Wine Bar on Market Street on Saturdays, but starting on February 2nd, they have found a permanent home at Yield Wine Bar on 3rd Street. You will soon be able to get your fresh pressed juice fix almost every day of the week (except Thursdays and Sundays).
This month Sōw has 6 unique juices on their menu and I had the pleasure of trying the Ombudsman, a tangy concoction of white satin carrots, celery, fuji apples, fava bean leaves, orach spinach, lemon, lemon thyme. This juice was by far the best green juice I've ever had. The flavors were so rich and vibrant that I drank up my 8oz portion in about a minute. I was so sad that my Sōw juice was gone, that I spent the rest of the day driving around San Francisco to track down all the ingredients to recreate it.
My first stop was Rainbow Grocery, where I was pretty sure I would find Knoll Farm's Fava Greens. Fava Greens are the leaves of the Fava Bean plant. Fava Bean Greens have a delicious nutty and salty flavor. They can be used like spinach or any other green, but are quite unique in their rich flavor. The leaves are also rich in L-dopa, a precursor to the neurotransmitter Dopamine. L-Dopa is used to in the treatment of Parkinson's Disease.
I was hoping that Rainbow would also have white carrots, but they didn't. Nor did they have the lemon thyme. The only place I was able to find it was at Sloat Garden Center, a gardening store on the other side of town, so I decided to just leave it out.
Eventually, I decided to completely reinvent my "Not Your Average Green Juice!" as a homage to the delicious Ombudsman I had at Sōw.
Not Your Average Green Juice
6 small Gala or Fuji Apples
2 small Granny Smith Apples
1 cup Fava Greens
1 cup Spinach