The fruits in this section are common in almost any grocery store in America. With the possible addition of bananas, you can make a wide variety of Fruit Smoothie Recipes from just the main fruit items in this section.
Apples are arguably the most common fruit in grocery stores, thanks to advanced storage methods that prevent them from spoiling. Not only are apples plentiful, but they also come in a great variety of flavors, tartness, colors and firmness. Using different varieties in your Fruit Smoothie will make it taste different, so feel free to experiment!
One of the biggest aids you can have to making Apple Smoothies is an apple corer/peeler. This simple tool allows you to peel, core and slice an apple in seconds. These devices are cheap, too.
Citrus fruits are also found year round in most groceries, although the types, varieties and prices can vary greatly throughout the year. Oranges are probably the fruit you’ll use most in Citrus Smoothies, and can be used both in pulp and juice forms. Grapefruit is another great citrus fruit for your Fruit Smoothie.
Less common citrus fruits, such as Clementines, Kumquat, Mandarins, Minneolas, Pummelos Satsumas, Tangerines, Tangelos and Ugli Fruit can also become major ingredients in Fruit Smoothies. These sometimes need to have the seeds removed, although they aren’t harmful and can be ground quite fine if the fruit is blended well.
Limes and lemons aren’t normally used as the main ingredient in a Fruit Smoothie due to their acidity. By they do make a great addition, in juice form, to pretty much any Fruit Smoothie. They help prevent other fruits from getting discolored due to oxidation, and add a recognizable touch of taste to any Fruit Smoothie.
Pears can be found year-round at most groceries, although you’ll have a hard time finding them ripe unless they are in season. This means you need to plan ahead to use them in a Fruit Smoothie. You can aid in the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag. When ripe, the fruit should yield slightly to finger pressure.
Peaches and their “pitted” cousins, Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines and Plums, are another fruit family that makes outrageously delicious Fruit Smoothies! The secret to a great Peach Smoothie is ripe fruit. This is easy to find when the fruit is in season, but can also be achieved by ripening hard fruit.
While most of these are great when used fresh, two — Cherries and Apricots — can be used in stored form. Apricots can be purchased as a dried fruit. Just soak them in water for about 20 minutes to rehydrate the fruit. Cherries can be bought as individually frozen (and pitted) fruit.
It is up to you whether you want to peel these fruits. Most have skins that can be reduced to a pulp in a blender. Just be certain to scrub the skin before blending to remove any dirt or pesticides that may remain on the fruit.
PS: Here’s that apple peeler/corer/slicer I was talking about above…