I was going to call this recipe “Ellagic Acid Salsa,” but it doesn’t sound delicious. This sweet condiment is packed with the plant chemical, which is found in raspberries, strawberries, and pomegranates as well as other fruits and nuts. The American Cancer Society calls ellagic acid a very promising substance in the fight against cancer because in laboratory tests it causes cancer cells to die (a natural process called apoptosis) instead of multiply. Additional research is required to determine if ellagic acid can help fight or prevent cancer in humans; but I’ll still eat as many raspberries, strawberries, and pomegranates as possible because they contain so many other valuable nutrients that create a healthy environment for cells. Don’t have pita or tortilla chips? Skip them – this tastes so good by the spoonful!
2 lemons, zested and juiced
2 chopped apples
1/2 pound strawberries, chopped
1/2 pound raspberries
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 tablespoon sugar (optional, depending on the ripeness of your berries)
2 tablespoons of preserves
Place lemon zest and juice in a bowl. Chop apples and combine with the lemon juice. Add remaining ingredients, stir gently, and serve with chips (our favorite is pita chips sprinkled with a little cinnamon and sugar).