We’re sitting in the back of another nondescript corrugated tin fruit and veggie stand enjoying a fantastic juice here in Addis Ababa.
Today’s juice was four layers: avocado, papaya, mango and pineapple. When ordering it, I just asked for a spris, meaning a mix of all the juices they have fresh today. As usual, the juice was out of this world.
Spris Juice: Avocado, Papaya, Mango and Pineapple
These fantastic spris juices are always served in layers, leaving it up to you to decide if you want to drink each fruit layer individually or mix it up.
The most layers we’ve gotten in a single cup is eight: pineapple, orange, strawberry, mango, papaya, guava, banana and avocado.
Juice houses are frequently decorated with colorful posters of fruits and vegetables rarely (or never) found in Ethiopia.
And juices often seem to magically appear from a small window in the back of the shop.
Good juice shops are also often the best places to buy fruits and veggies, as they have a greater volume and fresh supply of produce in order to meet the demand for juice.
Still stuck on the fact that I mentioned avocado as one of the juices? We were too at first. I mean, we love avocados, but in juice?!
In Ethiopia, avocado takes on more of a role as a fruit. It is one of the most common juices, in season all year round and frequently included in a fruit salad. Bananas on the other hand, don’t make an appearance in many juices but are often served in salads.
But fret not, sugar is added to the avocados before blending them into juice. And, if the avocados are a bit unripe, a couple fresh squeezed limes usually do the trick.
Avocado adds bulk to the juice and makes it a bit more filling. Many people commonly have juice as a meal in itself and the hefty avocado juice definitely fills you right up. It also cuts the acidity of many of the juices it is frequently paired with, making for a smooth, balanced juice.
For the most part, a juice shop will only serve what is in season. Juices are made fresh every morning and kept in large pitchers for serving throughout the day. The only ingredients that go into juice are fruit, water and sugar, so when visiting Ethiopia and exploring its cities, it is important to know that the juice shop is using treated water.
The juice house we visit on our food tour is a favorite stop for many of our guests. Join us for a tour today!