Thursday, April 10, 2008

Japanese Dogwood Berry Sauce

The Japanese Dogwood produces a very flavorful fruit about the size of a strawberry. While not a flower, it is an unusual fruit that does not get much attention; although the young leaves of this tree are edible.

Gather or obtain 4 cups of Kousa Berries (Japanese Dogwood Berries)
2 Tablespoons of orange juice

The outer skin of the berry is tough and not so pleasant. So as you would a cranberry, boil the Kousa for about 5 minutes until the skin 'pops'. Squeeze through cheese cloth to remove seeds and pulp.

Combine with Orange juice and serve over tarts, meats, etc...

Add sugar, maple syrup, or agave nectar for added sweetness if desired.

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