Mango-Pear Passion

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A big star at the produce store right now is mango. Mangoes have been found to contain approximately 25 different carotenoids, which may be helpful in prevention of diseases. Mangoes have been linked to increased protection against skin cancer and prostate cancer. Besides their healing properties and nutritional value, mangoes are also delicious and sweet.

Fresh passion fruit may be difficult to find at the produce store or grocery store, but frozen passion fruit or passion fruit concentrate can often be found. Depending on where you reside, passion fruit may be found growing wild or may be sold at farmers’ markets and fresh produce stands. These uniquely tasty fruits contain plenty of antioxidants and are high in iron and vitamin C. Passion fruit has been linked to improved vision, increased blood production and cardiovascular health, better digestion, and has been found to alleviate asthma symptoms, in some cases.

To add some depth to the drink, we added the opposing flavors of pear and lime. The limes will add a kick to drink, but the pear will mellow out that kick and add a natural sweetness. This is a fun favorite for kids and adults. If desired, the fruit can also be blended into a smoothie, but the limes should be juiced and all seeds or inedible parts should be removed. Whether you are drinking it as a smoothie or a juice, adding crushed ice can liven this juice up and make it summer friendly.

Ingredients

  • 3 mangos
  • 2 passion fruit or 1-1/2 cups
  • 1 pear
  • 3 limes

Directions

  • Wash all produce
  • Remove pit from mangoes
  • Cut passion fruit and remove seeds, if using fresh
  • Peel limes
  • Remove stem from pear
  • Juice all fruit
  • Enjoy!
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