Crunch on Cranberries

Cranberries are crammed with antioxidants.

Cranberries are crammed with antioxidants.

Way before the pilgrims were introduced to cranberries, the Native Americans used them for food, medicine, and in ceremonies. They would grind up the cranberries and combine them with cornmeal to make a poultice for wounds (to counteract blood poisoning).

Cranberries contain very powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, which protect cells from free radical damage, especially in the brain & nervous system (which is good news for our aging brains). These antioxidants also strengthen blood cell walls. Cranberries are known to have anti-bacterial properties and are particularly effective at protecting the kidneys and bladder from bacterial infection. They are also a good source of vitamin C, fiber, manganese and copper.

I say, “crunch on cranberries,” as a gentle reminder to eat them in their most wholesome form—not from a can loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Here’s a delicious recipe that uses an orange and a little honey to soften the tartness of fresh cranberries. It’s great with turkey and pork tenderloin, or you can use it as a sandwich spread.

Fresh Cranberry Relish

1 package fresh cranberries
1 orange with rind left on
¾ cup water
2 tablespoons honey
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons finely minced jalapeño pepper

1. Rinse cranberries in a colander and sort out any bad ones.

2. Cut orange (with rind on) into 20 slices, remove seeds from slices. Place slices in a food processor and chop fine.

3. Dissolve honey in water and bring to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat.

4. Add cranberries and orange mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat for ten minutes, stirring often.

5. Pour mixture in a bowl and let cool. If you want a spicier relish, add the last three ingredients to cooled mixture, stirring just until combined.

6. Refrigerate until ready to use.

About Annette Cain

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