Green fig could mean it is time for a little green fig punch or green banana punch.
When we Trinis (or Caribbean folks) talk about drinking a punch, it’s not the alcoholic type punch that is served at weddings and parties (although we drink that type of punch also). To us Trinis, a punch is a non-alcoholic milk based drink, flavoured with many different ingredients. After a day’s work, especially on Fridays and weekends, most people frequent Punch Stalls to buy their favourite drinks and even shakes. The punch stall owners would be busy behind their blenders whipping up the many different flavours; or sometimes even mixing two different drinks together for the more adventurous customers, for example a peanut and soursop punch. It would also be important to note that each of these vendor have their own unique way of preparing this drink.
A Delicious Green fig or Green Banana Punch
I must admit that I was naïve to the existence of green fig punch after living all this time on the island. When I first heard of green fig punch I thought the speaker was making a mistake, and meant banana punch. But, I was corrected. For some reason, half my life has passed without tasting this delicious treat. And for those out there, especially those Trinidadians who are like my former self, I tasted it, you must try this recipe. So don’t delay!!You will be delightfully surprised. No really, you will be delightfully surprised.
Green Fig Punch or Green Banana Punch Recipe
Green fig punch is very simple to make, with only a few ingredients. However, bitters and nutmeg gives it that extra special taste. Also, the most unforgettable thing about this punch is that you don’t even taste the green fig. Enjoy!
Green Fig Punch
Place green fig in a deep pot with water. Bring to boil.
Remove from fire when the fig skin turns brown. Drain and peel.
In a blender, puree ingredients (fig, milk, water, nutmeg or spice powder, and bitters) until smooth.
Pour out in a drinking glass with ice cubes. Garnish with bitters and cinnamon stick.
Note: First blend four (4) figs in the mixture. You may add the 5th if you desire a thicker punch.
Green Fig Punch
- 4 – 5 medium green figs bananas see note
- Water for boiling fig
- 1 tin 395 g Condensed milk
- 4 – 5 cups water
- ½ tsp. nutmeg or spice powder
- ½ tsp. Angostura Bitters
- 1 cinnamon stick or ¼ tsp. cinnamon powder
- Place green fig in a deep pot with water and bring to boil. Remove from fire when the fig skin turns brown. Drain and peel.
- Note: First blend four (4) figs (bananas)in the mixture. You may add the 5th if you desire a thicker punch.
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