Advancing Healthcare for the people of North Shore, Rodney and Waitakere

Well Ambassador Robert Oliver's Samoan Smoothie Recipe

Fiame Naomi Mata‘afa is an iconic figure who traverses both traditional and modern Samoa. She is a paramount chief head of the Salevalasi clan, the oldest and largest in Samoa. Her father, Fiame Mata‘afa Faumuina Mulinu‘u II, also a paramount chief, was Samoa’s first prime minister. Her mother,Laulu Fetauimalemau Mata‘afa, was a diplomat, educator and politician. Fiame is currently Samoa’s Minister of Justice.

There’s no set recipe here. Use your favourite fruit; add coconut cream or green coconut flesh (or
both) to add creaminess. Add water and lemon juice, or better yet, green coconut water. Add ice,
and blend. Balance is important for a successful smoothie — use something to make it smooth, like
banana or mango, something to give it some tang, like passionfruit or pawpaw, and something to
carry it, usually niu (green coconut water) and lemon juice. Fiame keeps her fruit in the freezer and blends them in green coconut water with green coconut flesh and coconut milk, and that’s it!

Put any combination of the ingredients in a blender with some niu and a little lemon, lime or orange juice. Add coconut cream or green coconut meat if desired for creaminess. Add ice and blend until smooth. Serve immediately in chilled glasses.


Reproduced with permission from Mea’ai Samoa, by Robert Oliver with Dr Tracy Berno. Published by Random House (NZ). RRP $49.99. ©2013 text Robert Oliver, photographs Shiri Ram.


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INGREDIENTS

Juice Base

niu (green coconut
water)
water
lemon juice
orange juice
lime juice
passionfruit juice

Fruit

watermelon
pineapple
mint
soursop
apiu (abiu)
banana
pawpaw
mango
passionfruit

Creaminess

green coconut meat
coconut cream

Health

noni
turmeric
a‘atasi
virgin coconut oil (1 teaspoon)

Fiame’s favourites

esi, niu, pe‘epe‘e and tipolo (pawpaw, green coconut water, coconut cream and lemon juice)
pineapple, niu, mint and pe‘epe‘e
sasalapa (soursop), mint, lemon and niu
fa‘i (banana), niu, green coconut meat and lemon

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