You can be forgiven for mistaking tangerines for mandarins. Indeed, a tangerine is the closest relative to a mandarin. The way to tell them apart from a mandarin is that they are larger in size than a mandarin, but smaller than an orange (usually the size of your fist) and their skin is a deeper shade of orange. A tangerine is sweeter and stronger than an orange, can be peeled just like a mandarin and has a larger juice to flesh ratio… which makes it perfect for juices and smoothies.
Recently, I was sent a wonderful box of fresh produce from Sydney Markets (see below). The winter vegetables have been finding their way into every dinner I have made since, but the first thing I did after unpacking the fresh produce was to eat a tangerine and a few strawberries in quick succession straight out of the box. The combination of one impossibly flavourful fruit after another, led me to pulling out the blender and popping them in with coconut water and blizting them together to make one seriously tasty (and healthy) smoothie.
Now, this isn’t really a ‘recipe’ as such, but just a wonderful flavour combination that needs to be celebrated and shared. The key to success for this tangerine and strawberry smoothie is perfectly ripe fruit because any tartness in the fruit will come through immediately in this pared back smoothie with fresh fruit and coconut water.
Tangerine and Strawberry Smoothie
- 2 tangerines
- 8 strawberries, hulled
- 250ml coconut water
- 8 ice cubes
Peel the skin from the tangerine and segment the flesh. Remove the pips from the segments and place in a blender with the hulled strawberries, coconut water and ice.
Blend until smooth and serve.
Chew Town was not paid to develop this recipe, but was gifted the fresh winter produce from Sydney Markets, with thanks. If you would like to learn more about Sydney Markets and the produce on offer visit the website. To read Chew Town’s disclosure policy please visit the About page.