It’s guinep season here in Jamaica and we’ve been getting a lot of guineps from my grammy’s friend who has a tree in her back yard. She gives us bags full at a time, so we always have a bunch of guineps to share and a lot to eat on our own. I myself am not a huge fan of eating guineps (although it tastes pretty good), so when we kept getting these massive amounts of guineps I decided to transform them into something I could really get with, and so, Guinep Smoothie was born.
If you’re not Jamaican or from the Caribbean, you might have no clue what Guinep is. So here’s what it is: it’s this sweet fruit that comes packaged in a thin green skin. It’s got a little tang to it, which we Jamaicans describe as ‘stainy’. The seed makes up most of the fruit but is surrounded by fleshy meat and that’s the part you eat (and what I can’t get with it eating the flesh off the seed, I mean, I wish it was all flesh).
My grammy actually told me about this recipe and I tweaked it to fit my likes which honestly wasn’t much tweaking. I removed the alcohol from the recipe as well as the sugar and added almond milk instead of cow’s milk to make it vegan, just cause I was in a vegan mood. I made some extra smoothies with the cow’s milk as well for later when I’m not feeling so ‘vegan’. I also threw in a couple bananas.
So this recipe is super easy! First you wanna make the juice, to do that you’re gonna need a lot of guineps. I used maybe 3 pounds but that gave me a lot of juice so you really need maybe a pound or so. I had my little (not so little) sous chef, grammy in the kitchen with me and she graciously offered to skin the guineps for me.
While she did that, I put some water in the kettle to boil. Once grammy was all done, I poured the hot water onto the peeled guineps and let it sit for a while. When it was warm, I reach in with clean hands and begun rubbing the flesh off the seeds. It took a little while to get the flesh off but when I was finished I had some yummy, sweet guinep juice.
You wanna choose guineps that are at their peak and very ripe. That’s how you get away with not adding sweeteners. Super ripe guineps have dark blotches on the skin and sometimes seem a bit shrunken compared to a freshly picked, just ripened guinep. Choose the super ripe ones for this drink and the latter kind for snacking on… So as I was saying, you wanna strain the juice after you rub the seeds. Strain it well. You can serve it just like this if you want with a few cubes of ice.
But if you want the smoothie version, just blend milk (almond or cow’s), bananas, vanilla extract and nutmeg together and you’ve got your Guinep Smoothie! If you’re making this and you want to add different fruits, it’s best you watch out for curdling since not all the enzymes in the guinep can mix with every fruit. Fruits with a similar makeup to bananas or guineps (like sweet and soursop) could be used but just be cautious!
I added a few ice cubes to the blender as well after I blended the ingredients to a smooth smoothie texture. You could add the ice whole but I much preferred the crushed ice in the smoothie. Go ahead and garnish with extra nutmeg.
I love this recipe, straight or ‘smoothiefied’ because of its all-natural, sweet and refreshing flavours. When it’s made into a smoothie, its got this milkshake flavour that taste like dessert and soursop juice all in one (which is definitely a great thing!)
So if you’re like me and you’re not a fan of eating the fruit but you like the taste, try this recipe out, get it below!
I know you’ll all be very impressed with how little ole guinep can taste!
This is a delicious, naturally sweet smoothie made from Jamaican guineps. INGREDIENTS The juice 2-4 cups hot water (just enough to cover the guineps) As many guineps as you can get (about 1 pound, or more) The smoothie 2 cups guinep juice 1/2 cup almond or cow’s milk 2 ripe bananas 2 teaspoons nutmeg, grated, plus more for garnish 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla ice cubes, as needed INSTRUCTIONS I hope you shine today!
This is a delicious, naturally sweet smoothie made from Jamaican guineps.
2-4 cups hot water (just enough to cover the guineps)
As many guineps as you can get (about 1 pound, or more)
2 cups guinep juice
1/2 cup almond or cow’s milk
2 ripe bananas
2 teaspoons nutmeg, grated, plus more for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
ice cubes, as needed
I hope you shine today!