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The Rose Family

c. 2012, Susun Weed

The rose family. Yes, the Rosaceae family provides plenty of beautiful flowers, and lots of medicinal plants, but did you know that most of the fruit you eat is from the rose family? Apples, cherries, peaches, pears, apricots, plums, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries are all members of the rose family. (Almonds too!)

Celebrate spring with the rose family by making this delicious marinated fruit dish.

Maple Vanilla Strawberries
Four one-cup servings

Cut one pound of fresh or frozen strawberries in half and immediately stir in one tablespoonful lime juice; mix well.
Add 4 tablespoonfuls maple syrup and teaspoon strong vanilla extract; stir until berries are well coated.
Let marinate at room temperature for at least 8 hours or overnight before eating.
The taste is best if it is not refrigerated.

A word about selection of your ingredients, if you please.
Since many of the rose family fruits, especially strawberries, are grown with heavy-duty chemicals, I opt for organic (frozen) strawberries most of the time, but indulge in the fresh strawberries from Florida (under $2 a pound at my local supermarket) to celebrate spring. You may argue with me, and I am happy to have you do what makes you feel comfortable and safe, but I don't wash my berries. I sincerely doubt that any chemicals can be washed off of a soft fruit; and I believe that any bacterial contamination will be spread, not eliminated, by washing.

Since citrus fruits are also subjected to strong chemicals, I buy bottled organic lime juice rather than the fresh fruit. And, yes, I use organic maple syrup as well. Grade B, the dark stuff, is my preference. Recent scientific research has found unique, potent antioxidants in maple syrup, so splurge and enjoy the gifts of the sweet trees. My favorite vanilla for this dish is organic Madagascar vanilla extract available from Frontier Herb.  

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