In working on this smoothie recipe it struck me that Apples play a huge part in our modern culture. I am not talking about “Apple” the high technology company but instead the part the fruit plays in myth, the Old Testament, and literature.
Book of Genesis
: The fruit that Eve supposedly took from the serpent and then shared with Adam is never identified in the scripture but Christian tradition holds that it was an apple.
: The most famous contribution of the apple to science is, of course, the story that Issac Newton conceived his theory of gravitation when he saw apples fall from a tree.
Johnny Appleseed – American Legend
: The legend of Johnny Appleseed has a basis in solid fact. John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) was born in 1774 and during his life introduced apple trees to areas of Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. By all accounts, he was a very generous man and achieved fame even his lifetime.
Besides these few there are many more examples of apples being used either as a symbol or as a metaphor.
But here we use the fruit in a really good mixed fruit and veggie smoothie recipe. They are a great food, rich in Potassium, vitamin C and fiber and low in fat. And more recent research suggests that they may also be protection against heart disease and cancer because of the phytochemicals it has. One word of caution though; these phytochemicals are concentrated in the peel and are lost when you don’t eat the peel or just drink the juice.
- 1 large apple, cored but not peeled
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
- 1 carrot
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced
- 4 pitted dates
- 1 tbsp. flaxseed
- Ice to taste