Sunset in Zimbabwe: Indigenous Fruit Mocktails

Sunset view in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

by Eden Chiuslekuda

A few weeks ago, we blogged about a delicious option for the local fruit growing in the beautiful country of Zimbabwe – Matamba salad dressing. Well…we are back with another recipe to lure your senses into a heavenly state.  Eating locally and wildly also forces us to eat fruit when it is in season.  This means that the nutrition levels are at their peak and keeps your body in rhythm with the land that you are dwelling in.

You can use marula fruit, which is plentiful in Zimbabwe, to make a nutritious fruit drink.

Here is a suggestion for a mocktail: a delicious, non-alcoholic fruit cocktail that you can make using the pulp of fruits such as matamba, tsubvu, muuyu, mahacha, manhengeni, madhorofio, maroro, marula, mazhanje, to name but a few. These drinks are better for you than alcohol, will excite your children if you are having a fun and special meal at home or you could enjoy this nutritious drink with friends whilst watching the sun set in our beautiful country.

2 cups of your favorite indigenous fruit pulp

½ cup of freshly squeezed orange,lemon or lime juice

¼ cup of sweetener

4 cups of tonic water or sparkling water

Blend or mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.  For a party touch you can coat the rim of your glasses with coloured sugar or salt crystals  and add a straw.  You can use food colouring to colour the salt or sugar, or dip into your spice drawer and use bright spices like turmeric and curry for yellow, and paprika for red.

Enjoy your indigenous fruit mocktails with friends & family

You can store the mocktails in the refrigerator for a few days.  Enjoy, and if you try this remember to post pics of the exciting experiment to our ECCT Facebook page – including your excursion to harvest the fruits.  The best photos or photo essay will receive an organic skin care basket at the ECCT Launch event in October, in Harare. More details to follow.

Keep an eye on our blog as we count down the days to our freshly updated website which has images/stories of the 5 cancer patients and orphan we are supporting in Zimbabwe! 

*Pic sources: archworld; inmagine.com.

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