19 May, 2017
Prickly pear and raspberry smoothie. VG
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.
I found these fruits in The real Canadian Superstore.