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The perfect smoothie

Published:Thursday | August 15, 2019 | 12:10 AMSegouney Francis/Gleaner Intern

Making the perfect smoothie requires the best ingredients, time and passion. Oh-J’s Fresh Fruit and Smoothies chill spot took more than three decades to develop the ideal mixes.

In 1985, Oh- J’s fruit juices was introduced by Junior Phillips, the eldest of three brothers. Phillips started out with only the rich colour and taste of melon, then later evolved to adding pine. He originally started the selling of fresh fruits under a bus stop a few steps from where they operate now. As time passed he decided to add the wonders of other fruits, soon combined to create his very own fruit salads.

Phillips was always a people person. His great service and attitude landed him an invitation to sell on the compound of Jessie Ripoll primary school.

After some years, he moved overseas and handed the business to his brother Johnny. Assuming the manager position, Johnny further specialised in healthy eating practices and the overall well-being of persons. He later took on the help and skills of Jackson the youngest of the three brothers.

They later started to import fruits from overseas combined with their local stock. In 2012 Johnny met the love of his life which turned out to be a source of inspiration – Chevonese Thomas. Chevonese wasn’t educated in the field of business. She was trained in the field of information science. She had a love for fruits and smoothies she later pitched her idea that the fruits should be blended in smoothies with her little understanding of smoothies she started to combine different fruit blends with the help of customers who was asked to sample the smoothies and leave their honest thoughts.

The smoothies were first introduced in February of 2015 at a health fair at Jessie Ripoll primary. Thomas has been a member of Oh-J’s for approximately 11 years. She strongly believe that there are many more years of growth to come. She not only caters for adults, but for the children. Thomas said that she thrives days customers would buy her smoothie and the only thing she could say is “oh wow”.

Here are three of their most popular smoothies. Lets smooth away!

 

Granola Punch

Ingredients

- granola

- assorted fruits

- spices

- almond milk

- assorted nuts

Directions

Blend fruits with almond milk to a smooth consistency, add granola, spices and assorted nuts, blend for 40 seconds, then add ice and blend for another 60 seconds.

Soursop Cooler

Ingredients

- soursop

- pineapple

- banana

- spices

Directions

Blend soursop, pineapple and banana for 30 seconds, then add spices and ice, blend for another 30 seconds or until smooth.

 

Strawberry Fusion

Ingredients

- strawberry

- pineapple

- peach

- banana

- passion

Directions

Combine all fruits with ice in a blender and blend until smooth.

Oh -J’s also specialises in the creation of wraps, pastries such as home-made potato pudding and banana bread, and irresistible sandwiches.

Oh-J’s Fresh Fruit and Smoothies is located at 26 south camp road on the grounds of Jessie Ripoll primary, in the vicinity of Up park camp.