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Divinely Sweet Ambrosia

(recipe, Bluebird Farmers Market & CSA)

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Oranges make a delicious holiday southern favorite that is very healthy and divinely flavored– Ambrosia. The name originates as a food in ancient Greek mythology along with the drink nectar. Because the juice is so delicious and sweet it is often confused as nectar and Greek legends tell stories about ambrosia being brought in by doves. Both nectar and ambrosia are fragrant, amber colored and delicious. Ambrosia is spoken of in many Greek writings like the Odyssey. I have invited Bluebird Market Vendor, Mr. Bob Baskin to teach us how he makes Ambrosia on the Bluebird Market Kitchen Show and to serve Ambrosia at the Farmers Market lunch after the show. Grove-picked fresh Oranges available at Bluebird Market are filled with potassium, Vitamin C, fiber, beta carotene, calcium, B6, and magnesium. It would be difficult to list all of the healing properties of the flavonoids and nutrients but oranges are reported to give our complexion a healthy glow and slow the aging process. Rich in pectin, oranges also assist in weight reduction and proper eyesight.


  1. 10 fresh oranges with juice
  2. 2 bags frozen coconut
  3. 1 4.0 oz. jar of maraschino cherries with juice
  4. Optional variations: Toasted sliced almonds, pecans or walnuts, Crystallized ginger


  1. Defrost the coconut and peel the oranges.
  2. Section the oranges and remove any membrane.
  3. Place oranges in a large glass serving bowl and gently fold in the coconut, cherries and juices.
  4. Chill for 1 hour prior to serving.