St. John and a Star Fruit Smoothie Recipe
Eating at restaurants can get tiring after a while. Don’t get me wrong I love a good restaurant more than anybody but no matter how good or polished the food is, it feels soulless after a while and is far from satisfying. After a week of eating at restaurants, I wanted nothing more than a bowl of warm oatmeal or an omelet with fresh slices of tomato doused with olive or argan oil. The simplest things rank highest in my book, you see, and I always end up going back to them.
Our recent trip to Saint John was a series of breath-taking moments. Three fourths of the island is national park and virgin to the extreme. A paradise of green forests and blue water everywhere you turn your head. Nothing I say will describe how gorgeous it is. No picture I took will convey its beauty. With 5500 inhabitants, it remains sparsely populated and pristine. Its easy vibe creates a very relaxing ambiance. St. John is a great place to get away from it all and connect with nature. Even though there were many visitors, the island didn’t feel as touristy as islands like St. Thomas or St. Martin.
While on the island, I had a star fruit smoothie; it was very refreshing. Star fruit is one of those fruits that seemed both familiar and unfamiliar. I would have sworn I had it before but could not remember when or where. I asked, Agnes, the lady who made it for us, about the recipe and she graciously shared it with us.
For a single serving, Cut the ends of two ripe star fruits and slice them.(the slices are shaped like a star and pretty.) Blend them with one cup of cold water, some ice and a few drops of vanilla essence. If the star fruits are not ripe and sweet enough, sweeten the smoothie to your taste and enjoy.
P.S. If you’ve never had a star fruit before and are wondering how to eat it. Here are some tips. Be sure to wash the star fruit well to get rid of the dirt that likes to hide in the creases of its segments. You can peel or eat it with the skin. If you prefer it peeled, slice it first then carefully trace the skin with a knife to remove it. Slice it into medium thin slices and enjoy your star. It rocks!