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August - Fruit!

Fruit is cooling to the body, and can help keep your body temperature cool during the hot summer days. The high water content of fruit keeps you hydrated and cool. Nature has a way of working perfectly, such as supplying us with the food that is ideal for you at different seasons. Fruit is available fresh right now, so we should be eating it right now. As opposed to the winter, when fresh fruit is not available from nature. (I am not referring to what is sold in grocery stores, I am referring to what nature provides for us during a particular season.)


Michigan has an abundance of berries that grow wild. If you can find wild berries make sure to try some, you will not be disappointed. Wild grown fruit is not sprayed. Organic fruit is not sprayed. If it says 'local' fruit it may be sprayed. Local just refers to the fact that it is grown local. You would have to ask the farmer who grew it if it was sprayed.

Cherries are an excellent source of iron, contain vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. They can increase your vital energy and are considered a warming food. Therapeutic for gout and numbness in the extremities because they remove excess body acids and blood stagnation. Cherries are related to the plum, which has been eaten since prehistoric times.

Blueberries are abundant in vitamin C, a natural anti-oxidant. Containing manganese and vitamin A, they are medicinal for the blood and liver. They contain bacteria fighting capabilities, useful in countering urinary-tract infections.

Blackberries are so colorful and full of flavor, you just have to have them in your next dessert. They are rich in vitamin C, and very high in fiber. Blackberries can be useful in the treatment of hemorrhoids, dysentery and diarrhea because of their astringent and diuretic properties

Recipe of the month:

Three Berry Pie

Pressed Crust:
1 cup walnuts
1 ½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup brown rice syrup
¼ cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch sea salt

Filling:
2 cups dark sweet cherries
2 cups blackberries
2 cups blueberries
½ cup brown rice syrup
¼ cup water
5 T. arrowroot
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. sea salt

To make crust, mix together the water, brown rice syrup, olive oil, cinnamon, and sea salt. Put walnuts in a food processor and finely chop them. Mix in the walnuts and flour. Wet your hands, press ¾ of the dough in to an oiled pie pan.

Put the filling ingredients in a sauce pan, on a low heat, covered, slowly heat the filling until it starts to thicken, stirring a couple times as it heats. Pour the filling into the pie crust, crumble the remaining crust dough over the top of pie. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

 

 

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