Cranberries are in season and perfect for incorporating into raw recipes. They have long been revered for their ability to help prevent urinary tract infections and recent studies show that the consumption of whole cranberries, as opposed to extracts, liquids or dried supplements, offers greater antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer protection.
According to Keri Glassman of Q.Equinox.com, "the healthiest way to enjoy cranberries is to eat them whole, with the anthocyanin-rich skin intact. Unfortunately, we normally find cranberries in the sugar-laden juice or sauce form, because eating them whole is a challenge due to their tartness. When purchasing, the firmness matters more than you think. High quality cranberries are actually tested by being bounced on a slanted board. Ripe berries bounce over, but the ones that do not are discarded. Select plump, firm berries, and remember that the deeper the color, the more health-benefiting compounds."
While whole cranberries may be a challenge, this raw cranberry relish is perfect for a colorful healthy holiday season. It can be eaten along side a traditional turkey dinner, mixed with coconut yogurt for breakfast, or layered with cashew cream for a raw dessert parfait. Wrap it in collard greens with layers of shredded Savoy cabbage and carrots, sliced avocado, raw almond butter and fresh sprouts for a delightful light lunch. Ok, I’m not proud- add some vodka for a refreshing beverage. Tis the season…
To balance the tartness of the cranberries, sweet oranges, pears and dates are added. The addition of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg allow the relish to dance lightly on the tongue. And for an added bonus, it only takes 5 minutes to prepare- including cleanup. Feed Your Body Royally!
Raw Cranberry Relish
1 orange, peeled, seeded and quartered
1 organic firm, ripe pear, peeled, seeded and quartered
8 dates, pitted and chopped
2 cups organic cranberries, washed
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon honey- optional to taste
- Blend orange, pear and dates in food processor.
- Add cranberries, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg until coarsely chopped. If necessary add honey to sweeten to taste.
- Serve immediately or keep refrigerated for up to one week.