CAN YOU JUICE A BANANA?
6 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES YOU REALLY CAN'T JUICE
You know the old saying, "you can't get blood out of a stone". Well this is a very apt statement when it come to juicing certain vegetables.
When at my shop or a festival I often get bespoke requests for juice recipes - people seem to like constructing their own concoctions.
When they do I therefore explain certain ingredients will not juice and is more suitable to smoothies.
This is becoming a regular occurrence, so I thought I would put a list together of 6 fruit and vegetables you can't juice.
This is the usual suspect and one I get requests to juice the most.
Banana when juiced result in a pulpy mess, a puree if you like.
Don't get me wrong they are great in a smoothie, but that is where they should go and not a juicer.
This fruit (I looked it up and it is a fruit) is becoming more popular now. It has a lovely creamy consistency and is very healthy indeed.
People are putting it into all sort of things (think avocado on toast) and its becoming especially popular in smoothies.
However, just like banana it is very mushy when broken down. You are more likely to get oil (avo's are rich in healthy fats) than any quantity of juice.
One of my favourite fruits of all time - sweet and juicy.
This is another popular fruit and goes really well with watermelon and pineapple. However, you don't get much juice from it.
I have seen bottled mango juice drinks out there, but I can imagine you would need a nation state of mango's for a 250 ml bottle of juice.
Ahh the humble strawberry - red, squidgy and very tasty and a summer staple in my home country of the UK.
It's also another great addition to a smoothie (think mango and banana). Sadly though, this is another fruit you can't juice.
To be honest I rarely use papaya and don't have it on my menus. However I have eaten it a couple of times and it is very tasty.
It has the same consistency as mango and after doing a bit of research, turns out papaya is another fruit you can't juice.
Kind of makes sense as it is similar to mango.
I personally don't like kale - either on a plate or in a smoothie. I just find the taste too bitter.
That aside, the question is can you juice kale? The short answer is no.
You will get some juice out of it but again you will need a ton of produce to get the desired amount.
Kale is actually more suited as a shot, like wheatgrass.
So there you have it - 6 fruit and vegetables you can't juice.
But don't fret as these are all produce that are great blended in a smoothie!
About the author:
Gavin is the owner of Tru Foo Juice Bar co. He has over 3 years experience creating juice and smoothie recipes for wholesale and retail.