the elusive jugo verde, take 1

Over February break, we went to Cancun for a few days. I enjoyed our resort’s take on green juice (a.k.a. jugo verde) quite a bit. It was lighter and sweeter than the versions I’d previously made at home (kale, celery, lemon, green apple, ginger, and lemon) or the BluePrint one that I had tried on a whim from Whole Foods. I asked our waiter one day “what’s in this green juice?” and he replied “a green vegetable local to this region, orange juice, pineapple juice, and some other things.”

Given that Somerville probably didn’t have the Cancun-based green vegetable, I sought to create a similar version. I started by googling for “cilantro green juice”, getting some good recipes for Dr. Oz’ Sexy Cilantro Green Smoothie, Cilantro Limeade, and a Pear Cilantro Smoothie.

Based on my recipe search, the following ingredients came up the most.
– Pineapple
– Avocado
– Mint
– Ginger
– Apple
– Bananas
– Limes

I picked the following combination to experiment with in the Vitamix: Pear + Pineapple + Cilantro + Spinach + Lime.


That blender yielded 1 pint glass, 1 pint-sized mason jar, and 1 quart-sized mason jar. The juice still tasted good the next day, when I added ice to the pint-sized mason jar and took it to school. I will be experimenting some more with other combinations soon!


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