Let us consider the humble beet. It is said that it was first cultivated in Mesopotamia and North Africa. Yet, now it’s most familiar in the cuisine of Russia, Ashkenazi Jews, Romania, Ukraine, Poland and other parts of northeastern Europe. A hearty root vegetable, it can survive even the harshest winters. Its very composition lends the taproot to a wide variety of uses: the dark red color is a great source of antioxidants (and natural dye), plus it works as a vegetable side dish and as a natural sweetener.
According to PBS.org, a Berlin chemist discovered the sucrose in beets in 1747. No less than the King of Prussia the sugar beet industry and today, 20% of the world’s sugar comes from beets! According to truetreatscandy.com – the website of a historic candy shop in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia – Native Americans in the Dakotas also were early users of the sugar beet. The French used beets for their sweet taste during blockades of the Napoleonic Wars. American abolitionists utilized beets, as cane sugar was entrenched with slavery.
Beets are a great source of iron, Vitamin C and magnesium. All these nutrition and flavor benefits are now easily accessible in a new collection of beet juices: Beetology. I was happy to be hosted to experience it! They boast these attributes: “(Each variety contains) no more than five ingredients . . . (They’re) 100% non-GMO, U.S.D.A. Certified Organic, and Certified Fair Trade. The 100% juice blends contain no preservatives, additives, artificial colors, or flavors. They are also non-soy, non-dairy, and certified kosher, making them perfect for anyone, any time.” Each variety is over 50% beet juice.
Beetology is packaged in cool, architectural beet-shaped bottles.
Beet Cherry is sweet, but not viscous. Cherry is the predominant flavor.
Beet Lemon Ginger is sweet and savory at the same time, with a touch of spice. It’s tangy and refreshing.
Beet Tropical Fruit has a rich coconut flavor and consistency. It’s hard to believe it’s only 100 calories! It also has pineapple, mango and lime.
Beet Berry has beet, apple, strawberry, raspberry and bilberry. Maybe because of this more unfamiliar berry, I couldn’t quite put my finger on the flavors. I tasted raspberry, blueberry and a touch of mint, though it doesn’t have blueberry and mint.
Beet Veggie has beet, green apple, carrot, kale and celery. It’s fruit-forward, but not too sweet. Refreshing! It’s a good change from spicy-salty veggie juices, which can bloat some people up.