Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fresh Papaya Smoothies - Yum!

When purchasing our fresh produce for the week, Squire suggested we get a papaya. Since I had never actually eaten fresh papaya before, I decided that 23 years of waiting was long enough. So Squire picked out a big one, and we brought it home. We were both a little grossed out by the seeds inside which resembled fish eggs. (Caviar: yeah, I'm pretty sure you couldn't pay me to eat it, let alone charge me $690 for 4.5oz. tin of the stuff.) The fruit was a pretty orangey-pink and had a very sweet, honey-like, tropical flavor. We liked it alright, but we both agreed it probably wouldn't be something we would want to snack on plain. I suggested we try it in a smoothie. So Squire cut up the rest of the papaya and put it in our freezer for the night.

The next morning I came up with this little gem:

 This first time experience with fresh papaya won't be our last!

Fresh Papaya Smoothie Recipe - One blenderful (5 - 8oz. smoothies)
  • 3/4 cup fresh papaya - cubed, frozen
  • 1 1/2 bananas (or 2 small)
  • Frozen strawberries - filled to the top (~1 1/2 cups)
  • Orange juice - filled about halfway (~2 cups)
Fill the blender with the ingredients in the order listed above: papaya, banana, strawberries, orange juice. Blend on high until smooth. Garnish with fresh strawberries - enjoy! :)

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