Urban food foraging and savory and sweet smoothies

by Bella

This is going to be another post about free food. It’s in abundance if you know where to look. There’s even a website to help you find it. Brace yourselves, because this is really cool. It’s called fallingfruit.org. This site shows you where to find fresh fruit and nuts just waiting to be harvested. Just type in your zip code to find what’s available in your neighborhood or city.

I found this site thanks to a YouTube video by Emily von Euw of This Rawsome Vegan Life. You can check out the video below to see her foraging food haul from the streets of Vancouver, BC.

My last post was about the kindness of strangers and the wonderful abundance of fresh foods that were so generously shared with us. We’ve been enjoying the bounty for a week now and today I made smoothies, 1 savory and 1 sweet from mostly free, delicious produce.

The weather this last week dropped below freezing at night, so gardeners were frantically harvesting, preserving and in many cases giving away food. Many of my co-workers brought in their excess and put it out for grabs. I received the biggest cucumber that I’d ever seen and several rich red and savory Roma tomatoes.

Spicy tomato and cucumber smoothie – just spicy enough to jump-start your digestion. The cucumber makes it refreshing and hydrating.

Today, I got out the blender and whipped up nearly 2 quarts of a spicy, cucumber and tomato smoothie and 1 quart of a pineapple, banana and coconut smoothie. Note: The pineapple, banana and coconut are obviously not grown in the inland NW US, but were things I had lying about that were ripe and ready to be blended into a delectable combo that I can’t resist.

Nearly three quartz of deliciousness.

Spicy Tomato and Cucumber Smoothie

(makes approximately 2 quarts)

4 cups ripe Roma tomatoes

4 cups cucumber

2 fresh chili peppers (I used Serrano peppers)

2 lemons juiced

salt and pepper to taste

Put it all in the blender with enough water to get it started (about a 1/2 cup), and blend away.

Check out the beautiful colors. They taste even better than they look.

Pineapple, Banana and Coconut Smoothie

(makes approximately 1 quart)

3 cups pineapple

1 very ripe large banana

1 1/2 cups coconut milk

Blend together and enjoy.

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