Today’s recipe is inspired by one
of my favorite authors, Gene Stratton-Porter.You might be familiar with two of her books that have been re-published
and are easy to find: Freckles and Girl Of The Limberlost.Her books are wholesome, beautiful, quality
literature.When I first discovered
them, I couldn’t get enough.I hunted
down as many of her books as I could find.It took me lots of time and hard earned babysitting money.I still re-read all her books about once a
year.And I still love them.They have been re-published now and won’t be
nearly as hard for you to find.
Gene Stratton Porter wrote many excellent books, but today I
am pulling from her book, The Harvester.
“ From the jug he
poured a combination that he made of the juices of oranges, pineapples, and
lemons.He set the glass, rapidly
frosting in the heat, and the fruit before the Girl.
“Now!” he said.
For one instant she stared at the
table.Then she looked at him.In the depths of her dark eyes was an appeal
he never forgot.
“I made that drink myself, so it’s
alright,” he assured her.“There’s a
pretty stiff touch of pineapple in it.It cuts the cobwebs on a hot day.Please try it!”
…. “I suppose this is what they
have in Heaven.”
“No, it’s what they drink all over
earth at present, but I have a conceit of my own brand.Some of it is too strong of one fruit or of
the other; all too sweet for health.This is compounded scientifically, so it’s just right.If you are not accustomed to cold drinks, go
“You can’t scare me,” said the
Girl; “I am going to drink all I want.”
-The Harvester, pgs 182 and 186
While I don’t have the Harvester’s scientific recipe, I do
have pineapples, oranges, lemons and a love of literature.I could not resist this description so I
pulled out my juicer.
I actually ended up freezing mine, letting it thaw a touch
and then throwing it into my blender.It
was exquisite.It was icy, sweet, sour
and beautiful.It was like drinking
frozen sunshine on this muggy, warm day.It cut the cobwebs, for sure.
I hope you like it as much as I do!I also hope you get a chance to read some of
Stratton-Porter’s lovely work.
Run all the fruit through your juicer and place in
pitcher.Chill or freeze, as
I know my tiny helper sure did!
fruits are packed with vitamin C.Pineapple also contains Bromelain, which can help reduce inflammation
and manganese, which helps build bones and connective tissues. Pineapple also
MAY help with morning sickness.Lemons
have antibacterial properties, citric acid which can dissolve kidney stones, calcium
deposits and gallstones. Lemon is also great for your liver.Oranges are also vitamin bombs as well,
containing vitamin B-6, folate, copper, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese,
thiamin and riboflavin.
Lastly, this is a juice, which has a lot more sugar (even
though it is natural), so drink in moderation.