A green smoothie recipe for the sceptical, feijoas are your secret ingredient to green smoothie happiness.
It’s still feijoa season here in New Zealand, and like most Kiwis I always have a bowlful sitting on the bench at this time of the year.
Feijoa seems to be a divisive flavour for people who didn’t grow up with a tree in the backyard. The flavour is sweet and floral, quite zingy and tart and incredibly hard to describe!
Most New Zealanders have a bit of a love affair with the fruit and it’s one of the things we miss the most when we travel. Thank goodness for 42 Below vodka and other feijoa flavoured goodies you can buy overseas when fresh feijoa just aren’t available.
Feijoa trees do also grow in parts of South America and warm-temperate climates that have a bit of winter chill, so if you live somewhere like that see if you can plant a tree and introduce something new to your friends.
The fruit is usually eaten by cutting it in half, then scooping out the insides with a spoon. I often find myself standing at the kitchen bench eating one, then another and another. They’re quite addictive.
They’re also a brilliant addition to a green smoothie, particularly for those who aren’t quite sure about the whole green smoothie thing. The zingyness does a great job of masking the spinach and the whole thing is really just delicious.
This is my favourite green smoothie combo, hands down. It also packs a mighty 80 per cent of your daily RDI for vitamin C, and 7 per cent for iron. Not bad for a smoothie huh?
Apple, feijoa and spinach green smoothie
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 apple, cored and chopped
- 4 feijoas, flesh scooped
- 6 spinach leaves, (approx. 2 cups)
- Juice of one lime
- 1/2-1 cup water
- Put everything in your blender, whiz up and enjoy a virtuous antipodean sense of good health!