The Cherry on Top
Modern lifestyle advice with a Traditional Chinese Medicine twist
Cranberries, not just for Christmas!
Beneficial in a rich source of Vit C, Vit E, Vit K1, Manganese and Copper, they have a high antioxidant level. Well known to help urinary tract infections, but only if you use a concentrate, store bought cranberry juice won't help. I suggest Biona cranberry juice, water it down a bit as it will taste very sour!
If consumed regularly research to suggests cranberries can reduce the risk of stomach cancer and reduce cardiovascular disease.
In TCM terms cranberry is sour & sweet, temperature is cold and aids in clearing 'damp and heat' which is what we refer to in chinese medicine as a bladder infection with hot or cold symptoms.
But how do you eat cranberries? probably not raw, so ideal in juice concentrate or cooked down or using the raw fruit in baking. Try homemade cranberry sauce for your turkey or any poultry.
2 cups granulated sugar, (alternatives may include Xylitol or Stevia, apple juice, or just reducing the sugar here)
1 orange ; juiced and zest grated
1 lime ; juiced and zest grated
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup red wine
1 tbsp fresh ginger ; finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 2-inch cinnamon stick
1 1/2 lbs fresh cranberries
1/4 cup orange liqueur
1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the fresh cranberries and orange liqueur in a heavy pot.
2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves.
3. Bring to a boil and let boil for about 3 minutes.
4. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Most of the cranberries should have "popped" by this point.
5. Remove from heat and cool.
6. Refrigerate in jam jar, this keeps for at least a month and can be made ahead.