We've got some great new juices as specials for the month at both our shops. Some of them you will have seen before, but others are new to us and, to the best of our knowledge new to Jersey too!
Choose one of these Brazilian super food pulps, blended with freshly squeezed apple juice, or plain water if you prefer. We've had Açaí both on its own and mixed in other juices since we started, but we have recently purchased stocks of frozen Graviola and Acerola pulp. The latter are currently only available from Colomberie).
Açaí berries are amongst the most nutritious food of the Amazon. Backed by scientific research the fruit properties really are quite substantial. The healing powers of anthocyanins and essential fatty acids have proved that they are powerful tools in the quest for good health. With Açai you get all this is one delicious package. An easy and enjoyable way to stay healthy.
When Acai is made, the berries are crushed with mineral water. This removes the hard inedible stone and results in Acai pulp. All pills, drinks, powders are made from further processing the acai pulp. However what we have is unique, this is pure acai pulp with no processing. It is the top grade of acai pulp that is available. Simply flash frozen. This is how acai is used all over Brazil. We simply offer the best acai as close to nature as possible. Beware of inferior alternatives that do not contain the same pure pulp as we use in our juices and smoothies.
Also known as Barbados cherry, it's got 80 times as much vitamin C as Oranges (so tastes a little tart). It's great in cocktails or smoothies. Consumption of only a couple of these berries can fulfil our recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.
Acerola (Malpighia glabra) or Acerolla, also known as Barbados cherry or wild crapemyrtle, is a tropical fruit-bearing shrub or small tree in the family Malpighiaceae. It ranges from southern Texas south through Mexico and the Caribbean to Peru and Bahia in Brazil. It is also cultivated in India. It grows to 3 m tall, with a dense, thorny crown. The leaves are evergreen, simple ovate-lanceolate, 5-10 cm long, with an entire margin. The flowers are produced in umbels of 2-5 together, each flower 1-1.5 cm diameter, with five pink or red petals.
Graviola may only have recently become popular in the West but it has a long history in ancient herbal remedies and treatments. The soursop (Spanish guanabana, Portuguese graviola) is a broadleaf flowering evergreen tree native to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and northern South America. It is in the same genus as the cherimoya and the same family as the pawpaw. In most spanish speaking countries it is commonly known as Guanabana.
Comparisons of its flavour range from strawberry and pineapple mixed together to sour citrus flavour notes contrasting with an underlying creamy roundness of flavour reminiscent of coconut or banana. The fruit is somewhat difficult to eat, as the white interior pulp is studded with many large seeds, and pockets of soft flesh are bounded by fibrous membranes. The soursop is therefore usually juiced rather than eaten directly.
Made with freshly squeezed orange juice, dates, turmeric, rice milk and of course fresh coriander leaves, this smoothie is packed full of nutritional benefits with the unique taste of coriander (or cilantro as it is also known). The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care. However, for some coriander can taste 'soapy' so if you are one of these, then this smoothie is best avoided!
The Super Detox, as its name suggests has strong cleansing properties coming from the cucumber, ginger and celery. For more information on the benefits of Cucumber, see last weeks post on our ingredient of the month. Celery provides dietary fibre which boosts digestion and weight loss. In addition, celery’s high percentage of water and electrolytes can prevent dehydration, and special compounds help celery to act as a diuretic and reduce bloating. As a supplier of antioxidant flavonoids and polyphenol phytonutrients, other significant benefits of celery include its ability to improve liver, skin, eye and cognitive health.
Also this month we have the Turmeric Tonic, a simple juice with turmeric (obviously!), ginger and apple; the Blueberry Stressbuster, which is a twist on our classic stressbuster made with maca, banana and rice milk; and the Matcha Wake-Up made with apples, lemon, carrot and matcha green tea powder.