Ruby Red Beet Kvass, The Digestive Aid Drink
Summer vacation is over and all children have gone back to school. However, the weather is still nice and very hot, just like summer! My family and I are still enjoying fresh vegetables from our garden almost every day. Finally, the last day of summer vacation, I decided to harvest my precious beets that I haven’t touched the whole summer. They looked nice and big and were so ready!
As I mentioned in my previous blog about beets, I was planning to make “Beet Kvass” once I harvested my garden beets. Beet kvass is a fermented beverage that I have been always curious about. So, I am going to introduce this wonderful digestive aid drink that you can make at home.
Beet kvass is a Ukrainian tradition drink that has many health benefits:
- antioxidants and anti-inflammatories
- aids in liver detoxification and supports the kidneys
- works like an anti-depressant
- helps improve cognitive function (may help prevent dementia)
- helpful for hypertension
- helps prevent bad bacteria mutations
Last but not least, like all fermented foods, beet kvass aids digestion of the foods in a meal when you drink it. What a great addition to your diet!
This is the time of the year you can harvest an abundance of garden vegetables or buy fresh ones at a store. It is always a good idea to preserve some in jars for winter time. Currently, I am into fermentation and excited to try “canning” a number of vegetables. I will be introducing some very easy to make fermented foods on my recipe page.
The process of fermentation increases the phytonutrients of foods and also makes foods more bioavailable. I am just amazed by the idea of fermenting foods and how valuable to be added to everybody’s diet.
All is well and all the best!