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19 May, 2017

Prickly pear and raspberry smoothie. VG

Comments : 8 Posted in : Drinks & Desserts on by : Ratna Tags: ,

Prickly  pear  smoothie?  I  mean  weren’t  anything  else  available  or  was  I  stuck  in  the  hinterland  of  Arizona?  Nope,  Neither.

I  like  trying  out  new  fruits,  unknown  vegetables  in  the  grocery  store.  These  curious  fruits  with  bright  spiny  exterior  caught  my  attention  for  a  while.  It  was  only  after  I  watched  several  you  tube  videos  did  I  gather  enough  confidence  to  try  a  few.

Prickly  pear  belongs  to  the  Opuntia  family.  They  are  native  to  the  Americas.  Also  found  in  Italy,  Malta,  Australia,  India,  even  southern  Canada.  Commonly  known  as  Cactus  fruit  it  is  widely  used  in  appetizers,  salads, beverages  and  even  entrees.

Did  you  know  apart  from  dietary  uses  Prickly  pear  is  grown  to demarcate  property  lines?   With  the  generously  distributed  fine  thorns,  it  is  no  surprise  that  defaulters  take  it  quite  seriously.

After  peeling  off the  skin  the  soft  dark  pink  pulp  had  a  lot  of  small  hard  seeds.  I  passed  it  through  the  sieve.   It  yielded  about  3/4th  cup  of  pink  liquid  which  I  used  to  make  this  smoothie.



Juice  extracted  from  5  prickly  pears

Frozen  banana                                                                                          1  small

Raspberries                                                                                                   1  cup

Grated  ginger                                                                                                1  tsp

Agave  syrup                                                                                                   2  tsps

coconut  slivers  to  garnish                                                                   1  Tbsp


Blend  the  first  four  ingredients  with  some  ice  cubes  together.  Taste  and  adjust  to  your  liking.  Garnish  with  coconut  slivers  and  enjoy.

Inside  scoop;

I  found  these  fruits  in  The  real  Canadian  Superstore.





8 thoughts on : Prickly pear and raspberry smoothie. VG

  • May 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Love this post, Ratna. Thanks for sharing something new and very different. I will look for them. Love your overhead 3rd image. A visual storytelling! 🙂

    • Ratna
      May 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

      Hi Elizabeth, so nice to see you back.Thanks for staying in touch. I loved your post on the Cherry blossom flowers. I am after my teenage nephew to educate me on how to comment in your blog. Hopefully real soon. Big hugs.

  • May 23, 2017 at 5:37 am

    That gorgeous colour…I wonder why I’ve never tried making something with Prickly pear. The smoothie looks sensational.

    • Ratna
      May 24, 2017 at 3:12 am

      I was super excited to try this. I’ve decided to try unfamiliar veggies and fruits more often. Thanks Sonali.

  • May 19, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I never tried prickly pear! Is it tart? The smoothie looks stunning and I like that you added ginger.

    • Ratna
      May 21, 2017 at 3:47 am

      It wasn’t tart Kankana, it was mildly sweet. The yield was little, that is why I added raspberries. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Ev
    May 19, 2017 at 6:44 am

    What an interesting delicious combination Ratna. The extremely spiny cultivar of prickly pear was brought to South Africa by European settlers in the 1700’s to be used as fences to protect crops from wild animals. They became so invasive though and had to be eradicated . We now have a different variety which we call the cactus pear. I have never tried them, but see them in quite a few market stalls. Maybe I will venture out and get some, after seeing this beautiful smoothie. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Ratna
      May 21, 2017 at 3:44 am

      I looove reading these details Ev, thanks so much. Let me know if you do try this fruit. Have a great weekend.

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