Strawberry Mint Smoothie
Both mint and strawberries are ideal for containers. Mint especially since it can be such a rampant grower in the garden. Clustered containers of the two offer a lush display with the added benefit of tasty leaves and berries that are delicious on their own and when paired in a recipe such as this mint strawberry smoothie.
Plant strawberries in a well drained soil, high in organic matter as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. They need full sun for the highest yields. Set the plant with the soil just covering the tops of the roots. Do not cover the crowns. During the first growing season remove the flowers to promote root development. During the second growing season and after the first harvest, fertilize and water well. Strawberries are susceptible to frosts in the spring. Mulches that have covered the plants during the winter months should be removed in the early spring but should be left to cover the blossoms in case a late spring frost is predicted.
Mint likes full sun and moist soil. It can be quite a garden thug so you may want to plant your mint in containers or an area of the garden where it can spread. Mint prefers fertile, damp soil and while it is very vigorous on its own it will appreciate an occasional feeding. Harvest the tips regularly and pull up any runners that may be overreaching their bounds. For a large harvest, cut just before the flowers open and dry it or freeze it in small batches for tea.
Place all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
Use a few mint sprigs for garnish
For a creamy smoothie add 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt.
Two tablespoons mini chocolate chips will make a chocolate dipped strawberry smoothie.
Add 1 cup orange juice and half a banana for a fruitier flavor.
And don't forget spices. Try mixing in a dash of cinnamon or other spice you enjoy.
Time to prepare: 10 minutes.
This recipe is vegetarian.