Asian Pear, Basil, and Lemon Juice

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

Asian pear lends a delicate, floral sweetness to this light and refreshing juice, while the lemon and basil chat with each other in little bursts of excitement.

Notes: Juice the ingredients in the order listed to maximize yield. Finishing with a very juicy ingredient like celery helps to flush more stubborn ingredients like basil through the juicer.

When juicing greens such as the basil in this recipe, you'll get a better yield if you tightly pack the greens (roll them up before adding to the feed tube of your juicer) and place them between two harder ingredients (such as the Asian pear and celery here). Nudge the greens through the juicer one small push at a time.

If your juicer has multiple speeds, use a slower speed for softer ingredients like the lemon.

Keep in mind that juicers vary a lot in terms of design and yield, so your mileage may vary.

About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food and lifestyle blog Umami Girl, where she'll soon be releasing a free e-book filled with easy ways to incorporate more healthy, plant-based foods into your life. She is equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live and currently does both from London.

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Asian Pear, Basil, and Lemon Juice

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 2
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:Juicer
This recipe appears in: From the Juicer: Asian Pear, Basil and Lemon Juice


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fresh Asian pear juice from about 4 Asian pears
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) fresh basil juice from about 2 packed cups basil leaves and stems
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) fresh lemon juice from about 2 lemons, peel and pith removed
  • 2/3 cup (about 5 ounces) fresh celery juice from about 4 large celery stalks


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    Stir juices together thoroughly, divide between two glasses, and serve immediately.

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