I have a confession: I don’t like raw beets. Cooked, fermented and pickled I’m okay with but raw beets are just too earthy for me. They kind of taste like dirt. Yup, I’m in the ‘raw beets taste like dirt’ camp. Guess what? There is a reason that some people, myself included, think raw beets taste like dirt. According to Irwin Goldman, beet breeder and professor of horticulture at the University of Wisconsin, beets contain an organic compound called geosmin that gives them their earthy taste.
An organic compound produced by microbes in the soil, geosmin gives off a smell like freshly plowed earth or a field after a rainstorm. Human noses are very sensitive to geosmin, and while some people don’t like it, others love it. Other foods high in geosmin include spinach, lettuce and mushrooms.
Since beets are full of amazing nutrients, I still find ways to incorporate them into my diet. That’s how this beet shake was born. With just a few ingredients, it’s simple to make and delicious to drink. And it doesn’t taste like dirt.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or nut milk of choice
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 cup cooked beets (red or golden)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- Chop the beets and put into a blender.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the beets are completely broken down.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- If this is too thick for you, add a bit more water until you get your desired consistency.
Beets are full of amazing nutrients. The beetroot, the most commonly used part but the beet greens are also edible, can be consumed both raw and cooked. These are just a few health benefits of beets:
- Rich in folate, a B vitamin important for heart health
- The pigments in red and yellow beets provide antioxidant protection
- High in iron
For more health benefits of beetroot check out this article Five health benefits of beetroot.
Source: The World’s Healthiest Foods, George Mateljan