Métis Holiday Cranberry Pear Sauce
Aka Métis Holiday Sauce des Atocas
Nothing brings people together better than good food and festive holidays. Today, we are combining the traditions of the festival loving Metis and the perfect accompaniment to a Christmas or Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. Métis Holiday Cranberry Pear Sauce. Or if you prefer to say it more in a Métis fashion – Métis Holiday Sauce des Atocas.
Just as the Métis people can be found throughout all of Canada, cranberries are also found nationwide. Yes, the cranberry is a nationally uniting berry found in all provinces and territories. Long looked upon as a food source for Indigenous people, now mixed with pears and of course, Canadian Maple Syrup, we have a new unique blend. Perfect for today’s celebrations.
However, the Métis do not refer to the cranberry or even the french translation of “canneberge” as the identifying name for this wild fruit. No, rather Métis refer to this Canadian fruit as “des Atocas”.
Des Atocas was and still is an important food source to the Métis of Canada. Especially for adding flavor to pemmican as well as being a great source of Vitamin C. And of course, let’s not forget about using it as a condiment to turkey, chicken, and more.
A National Blend
The Métis are an equally distinct yet nationally uniting people of Canada. They are able to combine both the Indigenous First Nations people with the original fur traders, voyageurs and coureur de bois of pre-Confederation.
Often misunderstood by both the First Nations and the original European settlers, the Métis are a proud people who love Canada immensely. I, also being Métis, tend to see us as a blend of the best of both sides. Just like this Cranberry and Pear combination.
Make It Your New Holiday Pairing
This gorgeous, delicious Métis Holiday Sauce des Atocas is sure to be a hit this festival season!
- super quick,
- easy to make
- and does not include any refined sugar.
Instead, it gets its sweetness naturally from the ripe pears and a touch of real Canadian Maple Syrup. Once you try this recipe, you’ll never look at store-bought cranberry sauce the same way again.
And perhaps you will look at the Métis nation of Canada differently too. Discover more about the family loving, festival enjoying, proud lovers of Canadian lands—the Métis.
So grab your fiddle, dance a jig, and enjoy this blend—Cranberries and Pears to enjoy with your holiday meal.
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