A little more than two years ago, I created my first gourmet smoothie.
These are not your typical smoothies. I develop smoothies with a chef’s palate and pantry. Ingredients like pink peppercorns, fresh fennel, and cardamom regularly find their way into my creations.
You can read about how and why I started this love affair with smoothies in this Edible Phoenix article (and pick up four recipes).
You can also see a good chunk of my gourmet smoothies on Flickr.
Zooming through the grocery store last week, I screeched to a halt in front of a pile of pale yellowish-green orbs. The sign said “Honeydew Nectarines.”
Maybe you’ve heard of them. I had not. So of course I bought a sackful.
As soon as they were ripe, I made a smoothie. Natch.
Honeydew nectarines have nothing to do with actual honeydew melons, but the power of suggestion is strong. These nectarines are super sweet, even honeyed.
The honeydew nectarine is a cross of several white-fleshed nectarines. The season is very short, and this particular nectarine, smaller than the yellow-flesh varieties, thrives in hot weather.
Because of the name (and more importantly the taste), I paired these nectarines with flavors I love with a honeydew melon: mint and lime.
The result? Spectacular. Really. The nectarine makes the smoothie thick and creamy and sweet. The mint heightens the “melon” flavor, and the lime brings some balance to the sugary sweet taste. Out of 10, this smoothie is a solid 9+.
Check your local specialty grocery store (or even Safeway, where I found these) for the fleeting Honeydew Nectarine.
Chef Gwen’s Gourmet Smoothie #232:
Honeydew Nectarine Smoothie
Makes 3 cups
1-1/4 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
4 each (~ 12-13 ounces) chilled honeydew nectarines, cut into chunks
1 sprig, leaves only (~ 10 leaves) fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon lime zest (from about 1/2 a lime)
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
Place ingredients in a blender in the order listed and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.