Hi you know how I’ve been going on about why can’t we buy frozen fruit for our green smoothies in Australia etc for years now? If you haven’t here’s my first post on this
But finally here’s the BEST update of all and what Australian green smoothie fans have been waiting for for absolute years! McCains (thank you thank you thank you!) have just made it SO much easier to make your healthy green smoothies and become a green smoothie evangelist and convert everyone else. This all started when I bought a Yonanas soft serve maker from a local Harvey Norman. These have been a huge hit in the US. You feed frozen (and slightly thawed ) fruit through the top and a soft serve texture frozen ice-cream comes out the bottom shute using nothing but frozen fruit. Yum! Even better no dairy in here at all! I usually use the Vitamix to make this but this is so much easier, no more scooping out the bottom of the blender container.
What was interesting was that I found this brochure for Dole frozen fruit next to the Yonanas display in the shop. Dole is a US company that owns a huge banana plantation in Queensland and sells Dole branded bananas in the US and also their Dole brand of frozen fruit in the US that obviously we can’t buy here.
As you can’t buy frozen fruit in Australia in our supermarkets (up to now, more on that later!) I wondered how popular the Yonanas was going to be when you had to freeze your own fruit. I can understand why these have been so popular in the US with the convenience of being able to buy packets of frozen fruit. They do advertise that you no longer have to throw out your over ripe bananas now, just freeze and make some Yonanas. Best time to eat bananas is when they are super spotty and brown because they are ripe and super sweet. This is when I freeze them and use them in my green smoothies. So I wrote on the Yonanas Facebook page recently when they were promoting their Australian demos in Target stores and asked where they were getting their frozen fruit from to use and a fan told me Coles had frozen mango!!! I did go to the local Target to the demo but the rep didn’t turn up as they were running late…or maybe just looking for frozen fruit?
So a few days ago I went to Coles and YES we have now officially joined the rest of the world. Not only did they have McCain Season’s Choice frozen mango chunks they had McCain’s 500gms fruit mixes ($5.99) Summer Fruit Salad containing strawberries, peaches,grapes and pineapple AND Tropical Fruit Salad with strawberries, mangos, pineapple and honeydew melon. The 1 kg packs of frozen mango cheeks I buy (ordered from a butcher who then orders it from Bidvest then I have to drive 40 minutes to then pick up!) are $12 so these are a good price.
I rang McCains customer service for some background and asked them about their frozen fruit and they told me they released this because they noticed there was no frozen fruit available in Australian supermarkets and it was also due to CUSTOMER DEMAND!!!! Coles, Woolworths and all independent supermarkets will be stocking it. Now it is so much easier to convert others to green smoothies because yes we all know how tasty they are but now so much faster and easier for busy people to make. Grab bags of supermarket baby spinach and frozen fruit, get the blender out and…done!!!! SO get down to your local supermarket and buy these plus tell any converts about them. We have to support this new product so it doesn’t disappear from the shelves as supermarkets like doing depending on sales.