Taste liquid ‘green gold’ in the Dominican Republic

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Coming to the Dominican Republic has been life changing in many ways. Not only do I have to learn a new language, a new currency system, and a new way of driving (“Watch out! I’m coming through!”), but I also have to learn how to use a whole new set of food.

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Our favorite place to buy food is at this local produce stand. This stand always has delicious, fresh produce for low prices. I could buy produce from the local and larger grocery store, but buying from this produce stand supports a family business, lets me practice my ever-in-need-of-practice Spanish, and provides my family with local, fresh food.

Dominican RepublicOne of the benefits of this produce stand is the variety of foods it offers.

We have bought just about every vegetable or fruit that we could possibly want, including one that I have yet to find at the larger grocery store. These delicious orange fruits are called lulos. From what I understand, these fruits are not grown in large quantities because the plants are susceptible to diseases. Finding them in a bag at the produce stand is a rare pleasure.

Dominican RepublicLulos are unlike any fruit I’ve ever encountered. They are orange on the outside and green on the inside. The outside skin is thin, but its insides are goopy and thick. Its taste is strong and acidic. Yet, when made into juice, it becomes a frothy delight.

Dominican RepublicMaking this frothy delight is easy to do.

First, we scoop out the goop from the inside, which includes seeds and green flesh.

Dominican RepublicThen, we add one cup of water for every two cups of lulo goop, usually guesstimating. At this point in the process, the whole mixture is blended until liquefied.

Dominican RepublicOnce it is blended to a smooth, green color. We pour it into a sieve that sits over a bowl. We stir the blended mixture in the sieve with a spoon until all that’s left is an almost dry green goop.

Dominican RepublicWhat’s drained into the bowl below the sieve is now what my husband calls, “green gold.” It’s a rich, frothy liquid that needs to be tweaked to find its best flavor. Every time we make this juice, we add different amounts of water and sugar. It’s never the same because the fruit is never exactly the same. Yet, the result is always the same, thick, gorgeous juice.

Dominican RepublicDisclaimer: Beware! This is not a healthy drink, despite the misleading green color. It is a “dessert” drink, made only for those intent on drinking in small, blissful sips.

Dominican RepublicWant a glass? Come, visit us in the Dominican Republic, and we will do our best to make sure you have a chance to try this liquid “green gold.”

Interested in why we moved to the Dominican Republic? Visit crosswindsyouth.org for details. Interested in our crazy, God-filled journey here? Email us at astuck@crosswindsyouth.org.

Sarah StuckSarah Stuck

I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah in college where I continuously marveled at her impressive knitting skills. I swear she could make a pair of gorgeous socks in 2 hours flat. Born and raised in Indiana, Sarah has been interested in overseas missions work since elementary school. She met her husband Andrew in college and they moved to South Korea soon after they were married. They returned home to Indiana, had three beautiful children, and then God called them to work at Caribbean Mountain Academy in the Dominican Republic, where they have now lived for almost six months.

Crosswinds Youth is a not-for-profit organization that was actually founded in Indiana. Visit the website for more details and consider donating to support Sarah and Andrew in their mission to help troubled teens get back on track.