Healing with Pomegranates, Cranberries & Persimmons
With hurricane Sandy’s behind us, the Winter Solstice not too far behind, and predictions of a very cold winter, it’s a wise time to turn to healing foods to help boost the immune system and lessen the likelihood of colds, flu, and other viral ailments common during the coming months.
Fruits like pomegranates, cranberries and persimmons offer ideal antioxidants amongst other elements when we need it most. Combining these fruits will not only send our taste buds popping, but will give us the maximum benefits for immune health.
Pomegranates, a medicine in its own right is one of the best antioxidants known to man. In our anti-aging revolution, pomegranate can help slow down the effects of aging by fighting free radical damage, more potently than green tea, wine and tomatoes. It can also reduce cholesterol and provide us with other essential nutrients, such as vitamins B and C.
While cranberries have always been known for their desired impact upon urinary tract infections (UTI), they are also an excellent source of Vitamin C and antioxidants that help to improve the circulatory system, treat kidney stones and infections as well as help to control asthmatic symptoms.
Cranberries, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory, helps prevent cancer and heart disease. It also helps maintain gastrointestinal health, aid weight loss, improve mental health, and relieve skin conditions.
Being sustainable is a priority when selecting healing foods, however, exceptions are made especially when it comes to the therapeutic properties of plant foods.
Hence, why persimmons are added to the mix. Persimmons, most likely the less familiar of the three fruits, but just as nutritious, is a superior source of antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C. It even has more fiber and trace elements than the classic apple. Persimmons are good for digestive disorders, stomach diseases, constipation, and coughs. It’s mineral content and compounds, demulcent action, and diuretic properties, makes it instrumental as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial food. It is also beneficial in heart health and helps counteract atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart problems.
It’s important to observe the body’s inner voice and attraction to particular foods and heed to its command. This, along with a contemplative practice, will allow us to extract the most nourishment from our food. There are many ways to enjoy these healing fruits, individually, combined, raw as filling for tarts, juiced or cooked as a chutney. Whichever way you decide to prepare it, you will tap into the therapeutic powers of antioxidants and Vitamin C.
Cranberry-Pomegranate Persimmon Chutney
Chop fruits and add finely chopped onions, apple cider vinegar and warming spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves
Served over locally sourced, baked sweet potato…
Accentuated with navel oranges, cinnamon bark, cloves and ginger
An ideal juice alternative children are sure to love, lightly sweetened with agave or maple syrup.
Cranberry-Pomegranate Persimmon filling for tarts (great for the holiday table)
Chop and mix fruits agave and warming herbs such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.