Served with grilled poultry, roast pork or tortilla chips, this spicy mixture wows traditional salsa lovers.

• 1 1/3 cups frozen unsweetened tart cherries
• 1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried tart cherries
• 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or canned
jalapeno peppers, or to taste
• 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or 1/2 teaspoon
dried cilantro
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Coarsely chop frozen tart cherries. Let cherries thaw and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon cherry juice. When cherries are thawed, put drained cherries, dried cherries, onion, jalapenos, garlic and cilantro in a medium saucepan; mix well. In a small container, combine reserved cherry juice and cornstarch; mix until smooth, then stir into cherry mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until mixture is thickened. Let cool. Serve with tortilla chips and/or cooked chicken or pork.

Makes about 1 cup.

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Author's Bio: 

Mr. LaPointe is Director of Health and Fruit Education at Traverse Bay Farms. He is the author of several books including The Superfruit Handbook, Blueberry Health Report and How to Get a More Restful Night's Sleep Naturally. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows across the nation discussing the natural health benefits of superfoods and superfruits. You can contact Mr. LaPointe from