Can anything be better than a ripe Yellow Mango Smoothie or Shake? Yes, a Green Mango Smoothie or Shake! When it comes to tropical fruits - the Mango reigns supreme in the Philippines. I grew up with mango trees in our backyard. I have memories of my grandma smoking the mango tree - I need to explain what this means - to bear more fruits. She would rake the dried leaves and twigs in our backyard into a pile under the mango tree and light a small fire - the purpose is to get the smoke up into the tree. In the Philippines, they believe that this helps the mango tree bear more fruit during summer which was the time when mango fruits bloom! I don't know if this is scientifically true but that tree has always given us bag loads of mangoes. I remember summer afternoons when we take turns using a sickle tied to a long bamboo pole to cut off the fruits from the branch. I'd rather do that than climb the tree! Sometimes though one of our adventurous friends will just climb up the tree and pick the fruits and then throw it down to us. The one who catches the most mangoes with bear hands win. I was never a good catcher so I often ended up just getting the mangoes that landed on the ground! Oh how much fun we had during those summer days. After that we'll go to the beach and swim!
However, it wasn't until just a few years ago when I actually tried a Green Mango Shake (as we call it in the Philippines - everything is called a shake there and not a smoothie!). We were in a restaurant and when I was about to order the usual Yellow (Ripe) Mango shake, a friend of mine asked me - have you ever tried Green Mango Shake? I said - "No, I always order the ripe one." When you are on the beach everyone's holding a ripe mango shake and so it never occurred to me that there was actually a green mango shake. I said I'll try it. I was hooked from then. Oh my - it was refreshing and oh so delicious! Because I have always been a fan of sweet-tart flavors, I truly love and continue to enjoy a Green Mango Shake to this day. Sweet-tart deliciousness at best!
1 cup crushed Ice
1 Tbsp or to taste - Honey or Agave (or your fave sweetener)
1/4-1/3 cup milk - just to cut out the tartness a little - low-fat, full fat or half and half or Evap milk (what they use in the Philippines)
Mix all the above ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth or to your desired thickness. Adjust the milk and sweetener to your taste! Serve and enjoy right away! Pure tropical bliss!
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