Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cactus Fruit Smoothie



(EN) Found some cactus fruit in my local Lidl. Never had them before, so decided to try & make a smoothie from them. Had heard that they are actually the newest super food - full of vitamin C and other great stuff.
When halfed the cactus fruit, which is also called prickly pear, noticed that some of them were red and some yellow inside - don't really know what's the difference otherwise. Peeled the soft fruit, cut it into pieces and added it to the blender with other ingredients.

My cactus fruit smoothie:

1 banana
2 cactus fruit
A piece of fresh ginger
1 tsp lucuma powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut oil
Soya milk

All ingredients to the blender for a few seconds and it's ready to drink.

The taste of the cactus fruit is pretty mild - something like cucumber but a bit sweeter. The smoothie tasted delicious. The only negative side were the seeds. Cactus fruit is full of small seeds which are really hard, like tiny stones or pebbles. It's ok to eat the seeds as well and in the beginning it was not a problem but somehow the more I drank my smoothie the more difficult it got with those seeds. There must be a way to get rid of the seeds before adding the fruit to any dish, mustn't it?

What are the health benefits of cactus fruit/prickly pear?

It contains high levels of vitamin C, family B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, fiber & flavonoids.
It's promoting for treating diaphetes, high cholesterol and obesity. 





(FI) Paikallisesta Lidlistä löytyi kaktuksen hedelmiä. Täysin uusi tuttavuus itselleni, joten päätin kokeilla ja tehdä niistä smoothieta. Olin kuullut, että kaktuksen hedelmä on uusi superfood ja täynnä c-vitamiinia ja muuta arvokasta ainesosaa.
Halkaistessani hedelmiä huomasin, että osa oli sisältä punaisia ja osa keltaisia - se mikä niiden ero oli ei selvinnyt minulle. Kuorin pehmeän hedelmän, paloittelin ja lisäsin blenderiin muiden ainesten joukkoon.

Kaktus-smoothie

1 banaani
2 kaktushedelmää
pala tuoretta inkivääria
1 tl lucuma-jauhetta
1/2 tl kanelijauhetta
1/2 tl kurkuma-jauhetta
1 rkl chia-siemeniä
1 tl kookosöljyä
soijamaitoa

Kaikki ainekset blenderiin muutamaksi sekunniksi ja juoma on valmis.

Kaktushedelmän maku on melko mieto, muistuttaa vähän kurkkua, mutta jonkin verran makeampi. Smootie maistui herkulliseltä. Ainoa negatiivinen puoli oli siemenet. Kaktushedelmä on täynnä pieniä, kivikvia siemeniä. Nämä ovat syötäviä ja aluksi ne menivätkin alas ongelmitta, mutta pikku hiljaa niiden määrä alkoi tökkiä. Varmasti on jokin keino miten siemenistä pääsee eroon ennen kuin hedelmän lisää ruokiin - tietääkö kukaan?

Mitkä ovat kaktushedelmän terveysvaikutukset?

Hedelmä sisältää suuret määrät c-vitamiinia, b-ryhmän vitamiineja, magnesiumia, potassiumia, kalsiumia, kuparia, ravintokuituja sekä flavonodeja.
Sen sanotaan olen hyödyksi diabeteksen, korkean kolesterolin ja liikalihavuuden hoidoissa.











32 comments:

  1. Wow I do love this smoothie, I posted the recipe on my blog few weeks ago.
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  2. In South Africa, we call those 'prickly pears'. They are delicious but you do not want to get one of those tiny hair like spikes in your finger!

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    1. Yes, I found out now a bit later that the spikes are really nasty!

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  3. I love a good smoothie too, but I have never tried cactus fruit. Thanks for this idea.

    Jenine | http://prescribinghealth.com/superfoods/

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    1. The taste was really delicous but the seeds were not so nice :(

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  4. I've never had a cactus pear either! I never imagined it would taste like a cucumber haha. That smoothie looks delicious.

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    1. The taste was really nice! I wasn't a fan of the seeds though.

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  5. This sounds like the perfect smoothie, I like prickly pear and adding everything else would make it even better xx

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  6. Oh this is a really cool way to use cactus fruit. I haven't been able to experiment with them yet!

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    1. This was the first time for me as well.

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  7. Cactus fruit?! I have never heard of it before but this recipe sounds very yummy.

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    1. This was the first time for me too. Saw a package at grocery's and decided to give a try.

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  8. That's quite interesting. I don't think I've tried cactus fruit before or added it in my smoothies! I really think this is something that I ought to try!

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  9. Wow! This is so interesting! I have never hear of cactus fruit before! What does it taste like?

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    1. It tastes like cucumber but a bit sweeter.

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  10. I've seen so many cactus fruits at the farmer's market! Maybe you can use a fine sieve or one of those jam presses to get the seeds out before putting them in your smoothie? Maybe juicing them before adding? Sounds really delicious!!

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    1. Yes, that would definitely help with the seeds. I will try it next time.

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  11. It looks like a very interesting smoothie <3 Thanks for this inspiration! Let's give a try! ;-)

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    1. I'm happy if you got an inspiration from this for your next smoothie!

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  12. i have never tried this mix for a smoothie before, how good does it taste? will look out for those who have tried it first before i decide...

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    1. Don't be afraid - the taste is really good!

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  13. I have seen this fruit in the market and i have always wonder what it was. Now I know its a cactus, not sure if I would want to try it.

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    1. Just give it a try! The seeds are a bit complicated but otherwise it's a great fruit - a real superfood.

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  14. Yummy! I must try this recipe. I haven't ventured far from making strawberry banana smoothie lol.

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    1. ;D I always try something new. Can't go wrong with an yfryit or berry, I guess.

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  15. Oh wow these smoothies look delicious! Never really had the cactus fruit but I def want to pick up some and try this smoothie.

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    1. Just go and try it! It's really tasty.

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  16. I love smoothies, they're super tasty ad healthy. This one seems great! I haven't thought of making a smoothie with a cactus fruit, i'll def try it out x

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    1. The fruit looked so interesting so I decided give it a try! And it turn out delicious!

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