I don’t know if ‘wild’ is a word we think about when we are choosing what ingredients to add into our smoothies. Honestly, until now, I never knew that there was a different way of growing commercial berries; cultivated or wild. Cultivated berries have been grown to be consistent in size, shape, taste, texture… and also resistant to possible plant diseases or blights. Wild berries are grown exactly as the name suggests, in the wild. They are smaller than their cultivated siblings, but pack an intense colour and flavour, as well as twice the antioxidants! Most wild blueberries come from North America, the east side of Canada and Maine, U.S. Blended into a smoothie, you get all the benefits of these wild goodies. In fact, Orchard Gold are releasing a new range of products called The Smoothie Collection. In the range is Naked Wild Blueberries, perfect if you want to have a walk on the wild side! Try out the recipe below:
Walk on the Wild Side Smoothie
- 1/2 cup wild frozen blueberries
- 1/2 a banana
- 1 cup coconut milk
Now this recipe would also work (just) as well with normal frozen blueberries, if you can’t get you hands on the wild ones. You could also try without the banana, but add in 1/4 cup more blueberries, so the taste isn’t washed out by the coconut milk.
On a side note, in the picture, you may have noticed that one of the blueberries has a white-ish centre. You may have thought that it was mould. You would be mistaken. It is in fact the natural sugar residue left on the skin of the berry. This occurs when the berries have a high brix (naturally occurring fructose) level and is perfectly fine to eat – it may even taste that little bit sweeter!