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Sweet Balsamic-Glazed Oranges & Berries

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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 194 per serving
Percent from Fat: 4%
Cusine: Italian, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free
Course: Dessert
Diet: mediterranean
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Strawberries

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Strawberries contain phenols, nutrients that reduce the activity of the COX enzyme, which causes inflammation. They may produce the same effect that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pills have on pain. Unlike drugs that are COX-inhibitors, however, strawberries do not cause intestinal bleeding.

Culinary Taste Tip

Balsamic vinegar is made from white Trebbiano grape juice, and gets its dark color and pungent sweetness from aging in wood barrels for years. Store air-tight in a cool, dark place. Unopened, it will keep indefinitely. Once opened it can be stored for about 6 months.

Culinary Technique Tip

Never wash strawberries until just before you are ready to prepare them. Also, keep their tips and caps intact. Doing so will keep the berries fresh and flavorful.

Ingredients

4 navel oranges
4 cups hulled strawberries, sliced
One-quarter cup balsamic vinegar
One-quarter cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed (optional)
One-quarter teaspoon nutmeg, preferably freshly grated
Pomegranate seeds (optional)


Preparation

Peel oranges and cut crosswise into one-quarter inch thick slices. Arrange on four serving plates. Arrange strawberries over the orange slices. In a small saucepan, combine vinegar, brown sugar, and, if desired, juniper berries. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Strain out juniper berries if using. Drizzle mixture over fruit; top with nutmeg. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Substitutions

If you can find them, use blood oranges—their flesh and juice are tomato-red, but orange-sweet.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): .9;Fat calories (kc):8.1;Cholesterol (mg):0;Saturated fat (g): .1;Polyunsaturated fat (g): .3;Monounsaturated fat (g): .1;Fiber (g): 7.9;Carbohydrates (g): 48;Sugar (g): 40/;Protein (g): 2.7;Sodium (mg): 11;Calcium (mg):11;Magnesium (mg): 38;Zinc (mg):.3;Selenium (mcg):2;Potassium (mg):645;Flavonoids (mg):7.4;Lycopene (mg):0;Vitamin A (RE): 43;Beta-carotene (RE): 96;Vitamin C (mg): 184 Vitamin E (mg): 1.09;Thiamin B1 (mg):0. 19;Riboflavin B2 (mg): 0.17;Niacin B3 (mg): 0.9;Vitamin B6 (mg):0. 17;Folic acid (mcg):83

Comments on Sweet Balsamic-Glazed Oranges & Berries

From: marybridge

This is an unbelievably satisfying dessert and super easy to make. I've had it about every day since I came upon the recipe here on the website. The balsamic syrup is simply delicious! It will definitely become a regular dessert/side dish to offer winter or summer. And the best part is that it's so nutritious!

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