Although we have the opportunity to eat raw, fresh vegetables and fruits during winter time, the range is substantially less than at spring and summer time. What do we like eating that is raw? In Hungary the most popular winter fruits are apple, pear and the citruses (orange, grapefruit, mandarin, lemon) + banana from abroad. As a matter of fact, there are not too many seasonal vegetables that are eaten raw. I like carrot, beetroot, kohlrabi, red onion and garlic – these are the most common I eat raw.
I think beetroot has the most beautiful ruby red colour of all vegetables. Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, vitamin A, B1, B2 and C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health and it is a good source of antioxidants. Beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure, it has been linked with better stamina and improved blood flood.
Beetroot has a rich, earthy flavour (either you love it or hate it) with a mild, bitter edge. Mixing beet with other vegetables or fruits cut through the earthy taste and enhances the sweet taste of this red miracle.
Be a friend of the beetroot, it loves you more than you think. Its beautiful red and pinkish colour is very relaxing. I know, I tested it!
Red daemon juice
Ingredients (serves 2)
– 3 small beetroot, peeled
– 2 apple, deseeded
– 1 orange, peeled
– small piece of ginger, peeled
– juice of 1/2 lemon
Press everything (except lemon juice) through the juicer. Mix in the lemon juice and serve immediately. If you don’t like the earthy flavor of the beet, dilute the juice with 1/4 cup water.