Yes, we admit it. we like vampires! Lost Boys was one of my favourite movies when I was young, and although that makes me way too old to appreciate blockbusters like Twilight, the True Blood series is still a guilty pleasure we indulge in. So when I found a very ripe prickly pear in my friend Jo’s garden and some blood oranges it was soon obvious – I had to make a Vamp Smoothie…
I didn’t follow the instructions for picking prickly pears when I picked this one and I’m still finding glochids (tiny spines on the cactus fruit) stuck in my fingers, so if you harvest them do it with a pair of tongs or a canvas bag. While researching this beautiful yet dangerous fruit I found out that the actual cactus pad is edible as well. I will have to try that next time!
For now here’s the recipe for this delicious and healthy smoothie – in fact it is so good for you that you might even feel some vampire powers coming through.
Nutritional Facts about 2 of your unusual ingredients:
Prickly pears are an excellent source of magnesium, which helps to relax the nerves and muscles, plays a part in bone health and also improves blood circulation. In addition they also provide a good fruit source of calcium, which is needed for bone health. Calcium also plays a part in blood clotting and helps support nerve and muscle functioning.
Chervil is rich in a number of different vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as calcium, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc.
1 ripe brightly colored prickly pear
5 blood oranges
6 fresh strawberries with their green stem still on, cleaned and frozen
1 handful of fresh chervil or coriander
As always smoothies are easy and quick, the only precarious element here is the prickly pear so here’s some advice on how to skin these tasty fruits: pick up the end of the pear with a few paper towels folded together, cradling the pear within the paper towels and not allowing the surface of the pear to touch your skin. If it is ripe enough the skin will come off very easily.
Once you have done that… juice the blood oranges, thaw the strawberries for a couple of minutes, and add the fresh greens. Blend till smooth.