Passover is here! A traditional holiday celebrated across the globe each spring, families and friends gather for a ritual dinner ceremony called the Seder and enjoy numerous glasses of purple or red wine (or grape juice for those who choose not to imbibe).
This year, up the nutrient intake at your Seder and include fresh juice to celebrate this tradition! This Passover Purple Juice is a perfect addition. Not only is it bursting with flavor it also boasts potent phytonutrients like the antioxidant anthocyanin, linked with helping to reduce cancer risk, inflammation, age-related memory loss and cognitive function. Blackberries even have a higher ORAC score, a measure of antioxidant status, than blueberries! I know I’ll be having a glass of it at tonight’s dinner!
Blackberries also contain Vitamin C, fiber and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid is best known for its anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. Preliminary research also highlights its potential for combating obesity by blunting the inflammatory and oxidative stress related metabolic effects of high carbohydrate and high fat meals.
Since fruits & veggies are naturally Kosher for Passover, here are a few more recipes to try this season, full of produce you’re likely to find on your Seder plate, like horseradish and parsley!
2 cups (500 ml) blackberries
2 cups (500 ml) black or purple grapes
2 in (5 cm) piece of fresh ginger root
- Wash produce well.
- Remove stems from grapes.
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
- Blackberries: black raspberries, blueberries
- Black/purple grapes: red grapes
- Ginger: lemon
- Nutrition per serving:
Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.