This delicious smoothie is made mostly from locally grown fruits: Black berries, our seedless green grapes, a friend's blue grapes (not Concords), and some apples from a farmer down the hill. The only non-local item is the coconut milk I used, that brought this all together more like a very flavourful shake!
-1 C. Black and Green Grapes, washed and soaked in Apple Cider-Water, and picked off the stems (fussy, but worth it)
-Ripe, even mooshy, Blackberries
-Cored and cut up 1 - 2 Apples (your choice)
-1 - 3 C. Coconut Milk (the drinkable stuff)
I am careful to use organically-grown fruit just to cut down on the unnecessary toxins, and to amp up the flavour (I swear that organic produce tastes like "real fruit")
The blue grapes are very beautiful on the vine, etc., but they don't have a great flavour-- probably made just to make wine. They also have seeds in them, which make a high speed blender a great tool and the seeds are good to consume this way.
The seedless green grapes are extremely flavourful and sweet.
The blackberries are from a cultivated, thornless variety and are sweet and very local-- our backyard. One or two bushes keeps us in frozen berries for a long while.
My husband likes his smoothies a little sweeter than I like mine and adds in honey or stevia, and he often adds in superfoods (as I mention in other recipes on this site).
Even if you don't have grapes or blackberries, I know that you have some berries or other fruits that grow locally for you... use them in smoothies whenever there is an abundance of them... locally grown fruits and berries have the advantage of being fresher at the time of consumption if they are eaten at harvest time, and that means more nutrients are retained. Enjoy!
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