Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Berry Pepper Cilantro Sorbet

Berry Pepper Cilantro Sorbet, Perfect for Cinco de Mayo
Berry Pepper Cilantro Sorbet, Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Planning a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Here’s a twist on the popular paletas, those Mexican ice pops made with fresh seasonal fruit. If you don’t have the setups for making ice pops, try this refreshing sorbet recipe I whipped up utilizing fresh strawberries, blueberries and my favorite herb, cilantro. Berries are plentiful this time of year in Florida both at u-pick farms and supermarkets such as Publix, where you can find Wish Farms strawberries and blueberries.

Ingredients
2 cups Wish Farms Strawberries
1 ½ cups Wish Farms Blueberries
1 jalapeño pepper
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
½ cup Cilantro
1 T lime juice

If You Have Molds, this Recipe is Great for Mexican Popsicles
If You Have Molds, this Recipe is Great for Mexican Popsicles

Directions
Rinse strawberries, blueberries, cilantro and jalapeno pepper.

Hull the strawberries.

Using rubber gloves, slice off the stem and discard and slice open the jalapeno pepper lengthwise to remove and discard the seeds. (As I’ve learned the hard way, getting pepper juice on the fingers will burn the skin and is especially painful when removing contact lenses!)

Place all ingredients in a blender or NutriBullet with Milling Blade.

Blend until liquefied.

With a bowl under the strainer, pour contents into the strainer to separate the mixture. Use a spatula to push the juice through.

Pour into freezer- friendly bowl or pan, then freeze.

When ready to serve, let the sorbet stand about five minutes or until it’s soft enough to scoop.

Garnish with blueberries, strawberries and sprig of cilantro.

Buen provecho!

FTC Disclosure: To the best of my knowledge this is an original recipe created for my friends Wish Farms located in Plant City, Fla.

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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