Cranberry Relish

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Side Dishes, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Cranberry Relish

Ingredients

20 oz Cranberries
2 cups Walnuts
Rind of 1 Orange
4 stalks Celery
Honey to taste

Preparation
Place the cranberries, walnuts, orange rind and celery in a blender or food chopper. Chop until ingredients are evenly mixed and diced. Remove from blender and add honey to taste.

Properties
The main ingredient, cranberry, is sour, cool and bitter. It drains damp-heat from the Lower Jiao, but its sour taste astringes physiological fluids, too. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, which protect against toxins and poisons in the blood, and also facilitate healing of wounds, strengthen blood vessels and facilitate blood flow. These chemicals are some of the most potent antioxidants available.

Walnuts are sweet and warm, and go to the Kidney and Lung. They tonify the Kidneys, lubricate the Intestines, and astringe jingo In addition, they can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, possibly because they contain omega-3 oils.

Orange rind stimulates and regulates Middle Jiao qi, aids digestion and resolves dampness. The turpens in the peel have been shown to reduce the incidence of chemically induced cancers.

Celery is sweet, bitter and cool. It tonifies the Middle Jiao, dries dampness and promotes urination, calms the Liver and clears heat.
Honey is sweet and neutral, and enters the Lung, Stomach and Large Intestine. It detoxifies, lubricates dryness and relieves pain.
This is a dish great on Thanksgiving. Given the damp-draining and qi-regulating qualities.