Peach and Tropical Fruit Smoothie


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Η συνταγή και στα ελληνικά στο τέλος της ανάρτησης!

The climate in Greece is Mediterranean with summers that are usually hot and dry, and the winters that can be quite cold and wet. However, due to the country’s unique geography, Greece has a remarkable range of micro-climates and local variations.

Summers in Greece are usually very hot, and in July and August temperatures usually reach 30 to 35°C / 86° F to 95° F, but sometimes even 40°C / 104° F and more.

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Of course during the ancient ages, Greece was a land of forested mountains. Farmers were limited and cultivated a bit of barley and wheat, a few grape vines, fig trees and olive trees. By 650 BC much of the forest was cut down for shipbuilding and the creation of coal for the metal workings. This might appear as a blessing to the farmers as they could have more farming land. However this was disastrous as the rain fell in the winter along the mountainsides it washed away any fertile soil that may have been there. The tree roots were not there to hold the fertile soil. This resulted in the land becoming even more infertile. The statesman Solon tried to solve the problem by asking his citizens to plant olive trees. The olive trees were meant to hold the fertile soil, however this did not happen because the olive tree roots spread into the deeper soil for moisture leaving the surface bare to be washed away. The situation was so bad that in Athens the statesmen decided to import grains from Egypt to feed its population. This explains why Greece has so many olive trees today. These trees have become conditioned to the limited amount of moisture and grow with minimal watering (source Wikipedia).

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Greece is a mountainous country therefore its agriculture suffers from a lack of space on which plants could grow. Also, poor soil is another one reason that limits the national produce. It is estimated that approximately 70 percent of the land cannot be cultivated because of poor soil or because it is covered by forests. Agriculture becomes intensive in the plains of Thessaly, Macedonia, and Thrace, where corn, wheat, barley, sugar beets, cotton, and tobacco are harvested.

Greece’s olives—many of which are turned into olive oil—are the country’s most renowned export crop. Grapes, melons, tomatoes, peaches, and oranges are also popular EU exports. Wine is an export with promise, and the government has urged vineyard owners to produce higher quality wines to increase its popularity .

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Greece produces about 380.000 tons of peaches per year and is fourth in European peach production and eighth in the world.  Greece is the largest producer of canned peaches and first in their export.

According to some ancient traditions, peaches are the fruit of purity and immortality.  Peaches contain a significant amount of Vitamin C, fruit sugar, protein and consist of 89% water.

By the moment you will be reading this I will be in vacations with my family to fill our batteries! I have scheduled my posts and I will try to follow up whenever I have access to the internet! See you all when I come back!

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Peach and Tropical Fruit Smoothie
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 ripe banana, cut in slices
  • 3 peaches, peeled and cored
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. mango, slices
  • 200 gr. / 7 oz. pineapple, slices
  • 3 tbsp grenadine
  • 1 ¼ cup water
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Put everything in a blender and mix thoroughly.
  2. Serve in glasses with ice and sprinkle some confetti on top for garnish!

Φρουτοποτό Ροδάκινο & Τροπικά Φρούτα
 
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Φρουτοχυμός
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 ώριμη μπανάνα
  • 3 ροδάκινα, καθαρισμένα
  • 200 γρ. μάνγκο
  • 200 γρ. ανανά
  • 3 κ.σ. γρεναδίνη
  • 1 ¼ φλ. νερό
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Βάλτε τα όλα στο μπλέντερ και λιώστε τα πολύ καλά.
  2. Σερβίρετε με λίγα παγάκια.

25 Responses to Peach and Tropical Fruit Smoothie

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  1. Mary says:

    Such a great combination! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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  3. Μμμμ τελειο για αυτη την εποχή!

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  5. Hey Kat, hope you’re enjoying your vacation. I’ve got your #theWeekendSocial “back” and commenting/pinning your bracket. Oh, and your smoothie recipe looks so tasty! :) theKitchenChopper.com Pinned!

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  7. So colourful and refreshing!

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  9. What a lovely and inviting smoothie – and the perfect refreshing thing in the hot weather we are having – thanks!

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  11. Winnie says:

    So easy to make and looks sooooooooooo delicious
    I love peaches, and we have great once here.
    Definitely a wonderful smoothie for summer :)

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  13. Debra says:

    I had no idea about Greece’s peach crops. I have some peaches from our tree in the kitchen. Must make smoothies!

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  15. Kecia says:

    Wonderful and refreshing! Glad you are enjoying your trip!

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  17. mjskit says:

    I had no idea that Greece was such a big peach producer. There really isn’t anything better than a fresh pick ripe peach. I love your smoothie! I usually use almond milk, but I really like your use of grenadine and water with such a great combo of fruit.

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  19. Love that you added some alcohol too!! hehe

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  21. Claire says:

    That looks very refreshing! I love mango. You really should make a cook book, your photos are always so beautiful and your recipes are wonderful!

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  23. Απίθανο το smoothie σου Κατερίνα!!
    Νιώθω την δροσιά του!! :)

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  25. I never knew Greece produced so many peaches. I am on a major smoothie kick so definitely making this one

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  27. Sissi says:

    Wonderful summery drink, Katerina! It’s such a pity Greek wines are so difficult to get outside of Greece… (at least here and in France). Have lovely holidays!

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  29. G’day Your smoothie looks healthy indeed! YUM! Wish I could try now!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  31. What a healthy way to enjoy yourself 😀
    perfect for summer!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  33. Enjoy your vacation and I will enjoy the refreshing smoothie!Love the sweet peaches in this recipe!

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  35. Have a wonderful vacation, recharge that battery and come back refreshed and inspired. Love the smoothie.

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  37. Τώρα το καλοκαίρι, τα smoothies τα τιμάμε δεόντως.
    Είναι δροσερά και υπέροχα σε γεύση!
    Πολύ πλούσιο σε γεύση αυτό που μας προτείνεις Κατερίνα και με πραγματικά φανταστικό χρώμα!
    Επιπρόσθετα η μπανάνα δίνει πάρα πολύ ωραία υφή!
    Φιλιά!

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  39. Kate says:

    It has been similarly hot here in Southern California, and as a result I often turn to smoothies as meals. Cool, hydrating, and they don’t leave you with a heavy feeling.

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  41. Susan says:

    What a refreshing smoothie, Katerina! I love banana and mango in smoothies.

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  43. Enjoy your holiday with your family. Your smoothie would be the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day.

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  45. This looks so good and refreshing Katerina.

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  47. Ola says:

    A perfect combination!
    here we are also having now a kind of Greek summer, the temperatures are + 30!:)

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  49. kiki says:

    Δείχνει πολύ δροσιστικό!

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