The other day in the States my husband was craving apricot juice. Now in Saudi Arabia fresh, canned and frozen apricot juice is plentiful and readily available at the numerous fruit drink stands which about in Saudi Arabia but in the US of A we had to travel to four different grocery stores before we found some canned apricot juice!
I never noticed before in the US how limited the fresh fruit drinks and fruit drink selections (canned and frozen) are so limited until returning back from Saudi Arabia. In the US many individuals think that going to a Smoothie Shop is what you do if you want a fresh fruit drink. That saddens me.
Once one has been exposed to the wide variety of choices in Saudi Arabia you don’t want to settle for anything less.
Let me try to describe a typical Fresh Fruit drink stand in Saudi Arabia. The first thing that will strike one is the abundance of color. Dozens of differing kinds of fresh fruit from around the world are usually strategically placed in baskets creating a kaleidoscope of both scents and many colors. The selection will include apples, oranges, grapes, lemons, watermelons, cantelopes, honey dews, limes, bananas, strawberries, kiwis, cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, pomengrate, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries, guava, lichies and so much more. One can have a drink prepared with or without ice, with or without ice cream. The drink can be blended, whipped or there are also some frozen choices too.