Hemp-Berry Sauce

Berries, berries, berries. As my pal, the "berry girl," Christine Sardo, M.Ph., R.D., tells it, "The deep color of berries signal their contribution to good health. The powerful synergy of pigments, vitamins, minerals, and fiber in berries, may reduce risk for disease." Hemp is a worthy partner to the berries in taste, appearance, and nutrition. They provide essential fatty and amino acids. Try working with kudzu (or kuzu) as a thickener. Used in Japanese and Chinese cooking, kudzu is soothing to the gastrointestinal tract. Make this nutrient-dense sauce an addition to your next holiday gathering meal! If you are interested in learning more about the powerful pigments in your diet, check out The Rainbow Challenge™ Program.
Course dinner
Servings 8


  • 3 teaspoons kudzu
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 oz frozen mixed berries
  • 8 oz frozen cranberries
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds


  • In a 1 1/4-quart saucepan, prepare the kudzu according to the package instructions. (Dissolve it in cold water first.)
  • Add maple syrup and water and bring to a boil, stirring.
  • Add the frozen berries. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the sauce lightly thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and sprinkle hemp seeds on top. (Note: Kudzu thickens as it cools.)
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