Berry and Cherry Mustarda
Contributed by: NAPSA
Cherries and Berries in Winter-Oh My!
by Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D.,
President, Produce for Better Health Foundation
(NAPSA) - When the gray skies of winter surround us,
what a delightful treat it is to see
blueberries, raspberries and cherries gracing our supermarket produce departments. Thanks to the
perfect growing conditions in Chile and the careful attention of dedicated growers, we reap the
benefits of having opposite seasons to Chile. So, when it's cloudy and cold here, it's sunny and
Blueberries, raspberries and cherries are universally enjoyed for their sweet, juicy flavor, their
brilliant color and their amazing versatility. Stir blueberries or raspberries into your oatmeal,
savor a bag of cherries for an afternoon snack, and surprise your weekend dinner guests with a
fresh fruit tart! From snacking, to casual lunches, to elegant dinner parties, berries and cherries
from Chile are at home in America during the long winter months. These fresh fruits deliver
taste, nutritional value (they're good sources of dietary fiber and vitamin C) and quality that's
hard to match. Keep your cherries refrigerated until ready to eat and don't wash your berries until
ready to serve.
Look for creative ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet throughout the
day and throughout the year. For example, make Berry and Cherry Mustarda, a sweet, slightly
tart, spicy fresh fruit side dish, and serve it alongside grilled or roasted turkey breast or on lean
meat sandwiches. Colorful fruits and vegetables not only taste great, they contain hundreds of
phytochemicals, natural plant compounds that scientists believe may provide a wide range of
potential health benefits in the areas of cancer, anti-aging, heart disease, eyesight, and more. So,
as you try to live a healthy lifestyle, exercise and think color. Choose 5 to 9 servings of colorful
fruits and vegetables every day from the five color groups-blue/purple, green, white,
yellow/orange and red. Remember, eat your colors every day!
- 1 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 cup hearty, dry red wine, such as Zinfandel, or cranberry juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon toasted mustard seeds
- 2 strips of lemon peel (2 inches by 1/4 inch)
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 3 pints of mixed Chilean raspberries, blueberries, and cherries
Mix all ingredients except fruit in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add berries
and cherries. Simmer 30 minutes, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Serving Size: Makes About Nine 1/3 Cup Servings
Nutritional Information: Nutritional information per serving: calories: 163, total fat: 0.7g, saturated fat: 0.1g, % calories from fat: 3.8%, protein: 1g, carbohydrates: 37g, cholesterol: 0mg, dietary fiber: 4g, sodium: 4mg.