So, my original intention for this smoothie was to be kiwi and star fruit, but my usual grocery store didn’t have any star fruit. I scoured another local grocery store for star fruit and came up empty, but I needed some other fruit to go with the kiwis. Then I spotted the prickly pears. I’d eaten prickly pears once before a long time ago and had vague memories of liking them, so I decided to give it a try. Prickly pears are the fruit of a cactus. Out in nature they have spikes on them like the rest of the cactus. But when you buy them in stores the spikes have been removed so there’s no danger of stabbing. They do however still have a bunch of annoying seeds inside. Experimenting with new fruits is always a little tricky, but the kiwi and prickly pear flavors went well together so it was worth it in the end.
Lime is probably one of my favorite citrus flavors. It’s so refreshing and also smells wonderful. I’m very upset that green apple has become the go-to flavor for green candies and the like, pushing lime out of the way. I also enjoy lime in smoothies. They definitely need to be combined with another fruit though, because otherwise you’ll just end up with a limeade drink. This time I decided to try mixing lime with another green fruit – kiwi. While a good start, I will definitely be experimenting with other lime smoothies in the future as well.
As soon as I saw the watermelon in my kitchen I knew I wanted to try making a watermelon smoothie. I also knew I wanted to have some other fruit in it. After some research I decided to use kiwi. Also, I had an extra kiwi from the kiwi strawberry smoothie and wanted to use it before it went bad. The combination was really nice and refreshing.
In retrospect I realize this smoothie is better as a snack/refresher because it wasn’t as filling as most of the smoothies I’ve made so far. But it’s still really yummy and worth making.
I have to say, kiwi strawberry is one of my favorite fruit flavor combinations. I greatly enjoy both strawberries and kiwis on their own, so combining them is magic. It’s sweet, it’s tart and considering the health benefits of both, it’s incredibly good for you. This is an especially good time of year to make smoothies featuring strawberries because you can get them nice and fresh from local farm stands or farmers’ markets.