Biting into a juicy, sweet strawberry reminds me of my childhood, when my grandma used to take me berry picking in upstate, NY. I remember those hot, long summer days, walking along those lush fields of greens, dotted with red jewels.
Fast-forward a few years later and you can find me foraging for those deliciously tart superfoods. These nutrition rock stars contain a group of compounds called ” anthocyanins” that imbue them with deep red and purple hues. Not only are they tasty, they also decrease inflammation, reduce risk for cardiovascular disease and boost your memory. Sweet!
A treasure trove of nutrients, this simple, yet delicious recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth, while filling your body with goodness. The chia seeds add a nice nutty texture and protein to the mix.
When possible, purchase berries from your local farm when in season. Otherwise you can find organic berries in the frozen section of your grocery store available throughout the year.
I try to use organic oranges as well, especially when using the zest, to avoid ingesting pesticides. The orange blossom provides a unique essence and perfumes the jam beautifully.It can be found online or at specialty stores.
- 2 cups mixed strawberries,blueberries, blackberries
- Zest of one orange
- 1/2 tsp orange blossom water
- Juice of 1/2 orange
- 1/8 cup chia seeds
- 2 tsp good quality maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally. Allow berries to simmer until softened and let them cool.
The jam should keep in the fridge for about a week, if it lasts that long?! 😉