Asian Pear, Basil, and Lemon Juice Recipe

Asian Pear, Basil, and Lemon Juice Recipe

[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.