Last Sunday I have been hiking in the mountains close to Barcelona where in the autumn scenery of golden leaves I spotted these red-passion fruits that looked a bit like spiked cherries known in Spanish as ‘madroños’ (Arbutus unedo / Strawberry Tree). They taste like fresh figs. Once I got at home with a jar full of them I read that they are spread throughout the Mediterranean basin. The fruit is ripped in late November, making the delight of autumn hikes.
According to Wikipedia, arbutus unedo’s fruits have a high content of sugars (40%), antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, niacin, tocopherols, and organic acids that are precursors to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (nearly 9%). I also found out that bears love them especially the ripped fruits as they make them drunken. The Strawberry Tree is also to be found on Madrid’s coats of arms where you can spot a bear reaching out to these sweet fruits. This inspired me to create this smoothy and believe that bears would love it. Hopefully you will love it too.
Bear's SmoothyPrint Recipe
- a banana
- a cupful of riped madroño fruits ("arbutus unedo" or "strawberry tree")
- 2 glasses of almond milk
- a handful of walnuts
- a spoon of nutritional yeast
- a tea spoon of baobab powder
- a spoon of honey
Place all the ingredients into a shaker and wheeze for a minute until you get a smooth texture.
Enjoy as a breakfast/snack drink
If you don't have the madroño fruit, use any soft flesh fruit or simply add another banana.