Recipes: Arizona-Inspired Juices

With ingredients like pine needles and cactus, Chef Massimo De Francesca of SaltRock in Sedona dishes up two delicious and healthy juices that are inspired by the terrain of Northern Arizona.

SaltRock_Pine-Apple Juice

SaltRock’s “Pine – Apple” Juice
• 5 stems of Douglas fir pine needles (any green pine needle will work)
• 2 cups Gala apples (chopped, no seeds – granny smith works perfectly fine)
• 2 oz apple cider vinegar
• 2 cups baby Spinach
• 2 cups of apple cider
• A pinch of ground cinnamon

Tools/equipment:
• High-speed blender
• Fine strainer
• Small ladle
• Container for the juice

Clean and wash the spinach, apples, and pine needles. Pull the needles off the stems. Set aside. Dice the apples. You can peel the apple if you prefer. In a high speed blender add all the ingredients and blend smooth, approx. 1 minute. Pass the juice through a fine mesh strainer. The pulp can make great fertilizer! Chill and enjoy! (This recipe should yield 4 cups of juice)

SaltRock_Thirsty Cactus Juice

Thirsty Cactus Juice
• 2 leaves or 8oz of Nopales cactus leaves, cleaned (canned is OK)
• 2 cups of fresh baby spinach
• 2 fresh oranges, peeled
• 1 pint of fresh strawberries
• ½ cup filtered water

Tools/equipment:
• High-speed blender
• Fine strainer
• Small ladle
• Container for the juice

Wash all ingredients and dry. Place all ingredients in the high speed blender, such as a Vitamix blender. Begin on a low speed, slowly increase and then blend on high speed for 1 minute. Place the strainer over the container and pour the juice. With the ladle, press the juice through the strainer. Juice will keep for 3 days. Chill and enjoy! (This recipe should yield 4 cups of juice)

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