Pindo dates are small, round, yellow-orange fruits that grow on the pindo palm tree. They grow on wiry branches that sprout from the trunk of the palm.
There are many pindo palms where I live I Florida, so I thought I would try to use them in a recipe. A quick internet search didn’t turn up much; pindo dates could be used to make jelly, or their seeds could be roasted to make coffee. The jelly looked a bit too involved to make, and I could not find details on making the coffee. So I thought I would try to make a smoothie from the fruit.
You will need a 1/2 frozen banana for each smoothie, so be sure to freeze those first. Also, the pindo dates are a bit stringy, so the finished smoothie will probably have tiny fiber strands in it. If you don’t think you will like that, it’s definitely not worth the preparation time, which is about 30 minutes per smoothie! But If you don’t mind it, you will find it a small price to pay for a unique tasting sweet, tart smoothie.
Steps to Prepare the Fruit for the Smoothie:
- Remove the brown ‘caps’ from the pindo dates
- Rinse the dates well and pat dry and place in bowl.
- Peel the dates – This is the toughest and most time consuming part. It can take an hour to peel enough dates to make 2 smoothies. To peel: Try placing the date between your thumb and index finger, then gently squeeze down toward the dark spot on the bottom. If the pindos are ripe, the skin should come right off.
- Separate the fruit from the seed. With a small paring knife, cut and scrape the fruit off of the seed. The fruit will be very sticky and jelly like.
- You will need 1/2 cup of fruit for 1 smooth, or 1 cup for two. Here is a cutting board with a pile of skins, peeled fruit with seeds to be removed, seeds and the separated fruit to be used for the smoothies.
Make the Smoothie (double the recipe for 2 smoothies)
- Place 3/4 cup milk in blender (I prefer almond milk)
- Carefully add 1/2 cup of pindo date fruit. (If you dump the who mass of fruit in at once it will splash up in your face, take my word for it!).
- Add 1/2 cup strained Greek yogurt
- Add 2 tbsp wheat germ (optional)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Blend until smooth. The pindo dates will make the smoothie pretty frothy, so don’t be concerned about overblending.