Acia Berry Juice

Acia Berry Juice
(Acai Berry Juice)

Acai JuiceHave you heard about acia berry juice (Acai Berry Juice) and wondered where to buy acai? Antioxidant-fruits.com has done extensive research on acai berries and acai juice benefits. Please note the other pages devoted to the acai berry on this site:

Acai Berries are grown primarily in the South American Amazon region of the world and has been the fruit of choice of many people from this area of the world for some time. Only recently has it exploded as one of the world’s great superfoods (superfood = a food deemed to provide significant nutrition and benefit to one’s health) when it was featured on the Oprah Show and on Good Morning America. The berry is pronounced, “ah-sigh-ee” and has quickly become a popular ingredient in health drinks and supplements alike because of its high concentration of antioxidants. The berries have twice the amount of antioxidants as blueberries and 10 times that of grapes.

Acai Juice Benefits Include:

  • antioxidants
  • phytonutrients
  • essential fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, & 9)
  • vitamins and minerals
  • complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber
  • amino acids, trace minerals

Drinking acai berry juice once a day can seriously help your health and antioxidant fighting powers. It also does wonders on your digestive health, as with many fruits, the fiber it brings to your system helps to relieve constipation. Deciding on an acai berry drink is sometimes difficult. Everyone’s taste buds are different. We’ve listed four different acia berry juice below that readers of antioxidant-fruits.com really enjoy.

ANTIOXIDANT JUICE

Blueberry Tart

Blueberry TartBlueberry Tart Recipe from the Cleveland Healthy Heart Cookbook

From the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook, copyright 2007, published by Broadway Books.

Frozen puff pastry comes to the rescue for a quickly assembled dessert that can be adapted as various seasonal fruits arrive at the market.

Makes 12 servings

INGREDIENTS

  • Refrigerated butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1 quart fresh blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup sugar substitute
  • Unbleached all-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of a 17.3 oz. package), thawed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Frozen light whipped topping, thawed (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the over to 400°F. Coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Place the berries in a bowl. Stir in cornstarch, lemon zest and sugar substitute, making sure that all berries are well coated.

3. On a lightly floured board, roll the puff pastry to a 12 x 14-inch rectangle. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Mound the berries on the pastry, leaving a 1-1/2 inch border. Fold in the four corners. Using wet fingers bring up the border of the dough over the edge of the berries, pleating as you go to form a rustic free-form oval or rectangle. Sprinkle the berries with lemon juice.

5. Generously coat the top of the tart with cooking spray and bake 40 to 45 minutes, until the berries are cooked and the pastry is golden.

6. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of light whipped topping, if desired.

Calories: 140
Protein: 2g
Carbs: 20g
Fiber: 3g
Fat: 6g
Sodium: 70mg

VARIATION: Apple Currant Tart

Substitute 3 large peeled, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples for the berries. Add ¼ cup dried currants that have been softened in 2 tablespoons dry sherry. Reduce the sugar substitute to 2 tablespoons. Add ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon. Bake according to master recipe.

Looking for more delicious ways to eat healthy? You’ll find 150 taste-tempting recipes in the Cleveland Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook.

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Elderberry Recipes

Recipes for Fresh Elderberry

elderberries

elderberries

Elderberry Recipes can be a wonderful and healthy addition to many of your favorite recipes. You will be surprised at how many great elderberry recipes are available. Work your way through them and you will not be surprised at how much you enjoy them. Take this recipe for elderberry jelly for example. Not only is it delicious but with the antioxidant properties you don’t have to feel guilty eating it.

Elderberry Jelly

  • 3 1/2 cups Elderberry juice (about 3 1/2 lbs. ripe berries)
  • 1/2 c Fresh, strained lemon juice
  • 7 1/2 c Sugar
  • 1 package Powdered fruit pectin (some, like a crabapple jelly recipe, does not require pectin but since elderberry is lower in pectin it will require the addition)

Instructions:

  • Remove the stems from the Elderberries and place in large kettle
  • Crush berries, cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes
  • Strain juice through jelly bag or piece of cheesecloth
  • Measure juice making sure you about 3 1/2 cups. If you don’t you can add apple juice to make up the difference
  • Add lemon juice and pour into kettle.
  • Add sugar
  • Heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Add pectin (some, like a crabapple jelly recipe does not require pectin but since elderberry is lower in pectin it will require the addition). Bring to a full boil and boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, skim off foam and pour into hot jars
  • Makes 3-4 half pints of elderberry jelly. Enjoy on top of a fresh, homemade slice of Elderberry bread.

Here are some additional elderberry recipes for you to try:

Are sweets just not your thing? Looking for another way to use elderberries? You can also make incredible, tart vinegar by following this Elderberry vinegar recipe:

Elderberry Vinegar

  • 2 c Elderberries, stemmed
  • Vinegar

Instructions:

  • Place 2 cups of stemmed elderberries in an ovenproof dish and cover with vinegar.
  • Cook at 300 F for 1 1/2 hours, or until the berries burst.
  • Let the mixture stand overnight
  • Strain through a jelly bag or piece of cheese cloth.

Fresh Peach Recipes

Have You Picked Peaches?  Check Out These Fresh Peach Recipes

peach fuzzThe best fresh peach recipes, including peach crisp recipes, peach schnapps recipe, recipe for peach pie, fresh peach cobbler and peach tart recipe.

There is nothing better then using fresh peaches in your favorite recipe. Here are some great fresh peach recipes to keep you cooking well into fall.

Craving some new peach crisp recipes? Try this one on for size:

Peach Crisp Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches, peeled, pitted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup soft butter

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375F. Use a buttered or non-stick coated 8 inch pie dish.
Slice peeled, pitted peaches into the prepared baking dish. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon into a medium bowl. Using a pastry blender cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over peaches in baking dish. Bake at 375F for 45 to 50 minutes, until topping is golden brown and peaches are tender. Make sure to serve warm and add a bit of whipped cream for an extra sweet treat.

Is a peach schnapps recipe more what you are looking for? Take a look at this one good with any variety of fresh, ripe peaches:

Peach Schnapps Recipe

Directions:

  • Peel 12 medium size peaches (much easier to do if you dip in boiling water for about 30 seconds and then immediately stick in cool water.
  • Remove pits and cut in fourths
  • Put both the peaches and pits in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  • Cover with clear, unflavored, 80 proof vodka
  • Let sit at room temperature in a dark area for 1-2 months shaking lightly and tasting every couple of weeks.
  • Strain the mixture into a glass with tight-fitting lid.
  • Store in a dark, room temperature place for at least 1 month before serving.
  • Serve at room temperature, closing the bottle tightly between servings.

Peach Tart Recipe more your speed? Try this one for your next family get together and I am sure you will have many compliments:

Peach Tart Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5 c. ripe, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 6 baked 5” tart shells
  • 8 fresh peach slices
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

Combine and let stand for 20 minutes peaches, sugar, and lemon juice. Drain 1 cup juice into a measuring cup (if juice does not equal 1 cup, fill the rest of the cup with water). Blend cornstarch into juice. Cook mixture until transparent and cool. Divide the fruit between the tart shells. Spoon the cold sauce over each tart to form a glaze and chill until set. Use the whipped cream and slices for a garnish. This makes 6 servings so adjust ingredients accordingly.If you are still looking for some great peach recipes like a recipe for peach pie or a fresh peach cobbler recipe try these sites:

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More Fresh Peach Recipes

Pick Pears

Pick Pears

Being able to pick pears fresh is a luxury to say the least. Pears are usually ready last summer or early fall for picking. Of course, always be sure to check with your local fruit orchard to make sure. If you let pear ripen on the vine, then they will break down at the core and become soft and mushy on the inside. To determine the readiness of the fruit, be aware of the ease of removal. If there are already pears on the ground that have fallen from the tree, more than likely, you may be too late. However, you should surely pick all of them.

To measure if the fruit it ready to be harvested, you can gently pull on the stem of the fruit. If the fruit snaps off cleany from the twig, then the pears are ready to be picked. Logically, on larger trees the fruit on the top ripens more quickly than the fruit near the bottom of the tree. Once the fruit is picked, then you can allow it to ripen naturally. However, there are other varieties of pears that don’t allow for natural ripening once removed from the twig. Late ripening varities such as Anjou, Bosc and Comice. These particular varieties are a little more high maintanence. The need about 3-4 weeks of storage in 32-45 degrees temperature–you can store them in a refrigerator or a cellar if it is cool enough. Furthermore, wrapping these varieties while they are ripening is a good idea, to prevent shriveling. Below is a listing of places where you can pick your own pears.

CONTACT US if you have a place to pick pears or any other fruit! or simply add your information in the comment section below.

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Pomegranate

Pomegranate

In the last couple of years, the pomegranate has been all the rage…with this new juice appearing on the shelves. This seasonly available fruit is renowned for its nutritional properties. Studies show that the juice from this fruit is one of the most powerful antioxidants, which contains a very high level of polyphenols and other free radical-fighting agents.

Some nutritional benefits are:

The fruit can help with:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes

In 2006 the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study which showed that “the polyphenolics in the fruit can play an important role in the modulation of inflammatory cell signaling in colon cancer cells.”

How the fruit fights cancer

Learn more about the the fruit, by visiting a page dedicated to answering an antioxidant-fruits.com’s reader’s questions.

Have you ever wanted to know how to peel a pomengranate? I found this video on You Tube and tried it out myself. This a very good technique, although I still have difficulty with the pomengranate. I think it is a difficult fruit to easily enjoy, like the simple banana.


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