Updated: Sep 5, 2022
Tangy, herbal, and full of fresh fruit, this island-inspired Mango Basil Limeade brightens the palate at every meal.
When asked about her food inspirations, Dr. Micah fondly recalls her mother: "She used to make limeade with strawberries, and limeade with mango...And she loved to improvise." Following in her mother's footsteps, Dr. Micah developed this limeade recipe as a combination of her childhood favorites. A fusion of strawberry, mango, and the herbs basil and mint, this limeade is Dr. Micah's homage to her mother, her roots, and food as healing.
Refreshing Mango Basil Limeade
5 cups water
1 1/2 cup Mango + Strawberry scraps*
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup diced Mango
1/2 cup diced Strawberry
5 Limes (juice of)
3-4 leaves Fresh Basil
3-4 leaves Fresh Mint
1 tsp Vanilla
*Scraps could mean strawberry heads, mango strips...any cuts typically considered waste (other than the mango pit) can, and should, be used!
Pour water into a large saucepan. Add fruit scraps (~1/2 cup) and brown sugar. Boil on medium heat for 10 min.
Pour mixture from saucepan into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Add lime juice, diced mango, and diced strawberry to a large pitcher. Pour blended mixture into pitcher.
While stirring, cut in basil and mint leaves and add vanilla.
Chill to desired temperature. Can serve with or without ice.
For inspiration, check out our video of Dr. Micah and her family making this recipe for our September issue of Culinary Botany™:
Check out our September Issue of Culinary Botany™ HERE: