Kudzu root starch is beneficial and healing to the small intestines and is an alternative thickener to corn starch. Tart cherries are a natural source of melatonin. The combination makes for a great evening treat. Alter berries to what is seasonally available or suits your taste/need. May use fresh or frozen berries. Find kudzu/kuzu root starch in the Asian section of the grocery store, natural food stores or online. Serve as pudding/gelatin treat. Store in refrigerator.
MAKES: 1 liter
- 2 tablespoons kudzu/kuzu starch
- 1-1/2 cups red tart cherry juice, unsweetened, preferably organic
- 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
- 2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries of choice: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries
- Optional: honey to taste
- Optional: 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Dissolve kudzu starch in COLD cherry juice; mix in lemon juice and pour into heavy bottom saucepan. Cook stirring with a whisk until thickened.
- Remove from heat. Fold in berries. Taste; adjust sweetness if desired.
Stop & Go Foods
STOP: Cherry-Berry Jelly is a beneficial treat using tart cherries (natural source of melatonin and anti-inflammatory) and kudzu root starch anti-inflammatory, calming for digestion and aid in controlling diarrhea.
GO: High fiber dried plums or prunes have a reputation for “getting things moving” and this recipe helps make the process more palatable. Prune Apricot Compote also includes healing spices Ceylon cinnamon, star anise and cardamom.