Maria and Dennis at the juice Factory have Jaboticaba, the Brazilian grapetree. It’s the seventh year in cultivation here at her and Dennis’ farm in Vilcabamba, which is just now producing fruit. Much like the acai berry, jaboticaba is high in antioxidants, minerals and Vitamin C. Jaboticaba smoothies, starting Friday until they’re gone, $3.75 at the juice Factory
1 c. jacoticaba syrup
1-2 bananas, frozen
1 c. nut/seed milk
To make the syrup Simmer 1kg whole, crushed jaboticaba fruit in 250ml water until the fruit is pulpy (about 20 minutes). Add the juice of 1 large lemon, plus 1 cinnamon stick, 4 cardamom pods, and allow to cool.
Directions for the smoothie –
Blend all ingredients.
Word/Phrase of the Day – que madrugador – what an early bird
Tip of the Day – Keep the skins, dry them and store in a jar, to add to syrups and cereals for a real boost of beta-carotene. They, the berries are also full of vitamins C, D and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and fructose.