The Chioggia Files – Entry 01A

CHIOGGIA (STRIPED) BEET, PURPLE & ORANGE CARROT, POMEGRANATE, GALA APPLE, CELERY, LEMON, GINGER, KALE, DANDELION GREENS, COLLARD GREENS

I definitely went off the beaten path on this juice. I had some rather interesting items from my last produce run, so I figured I’d experiment a bit. Based upon “formulaic” juices I’ve made in the past, I predicted what these new flavors might add to the combo and just went for it. So, Chioggia Beet is just another variety of beet, light reddish/brown on the outside and “candy-striped” on the inside. It has a nice, mellow sweet flavor and does not stain/bleed as do the red variety (which always leaves my cutting board looking like I just had an accident). Add to this some tart Pomegranate and 3 types of insanely nutritious greens, I figure we have ourselves an amazing superfood, antioxidant juice on our hands. Interestingly enough, the combined flavors were not as crazy as I had thought. The flavor of the abundance of greens were actually tamed by the sweetness of the beet, carrots, pomegranate and apple…and the sweetness was then offset by the tartness of the lemon and outer shell of the pomegranate (which, yes, I juiced as well!!). I cut off the crown, cut it in half and juiced it whole…some juice only the seeds due to the bitterness of the skin/flesh. But I am a fan of using the whole fruit/vegetable whenever I can (as long as it is edible) since there are tons of nutrients hiding in those parts which we discard everyday. What can I say about Pomegranate’s benefits? Good for the heart, blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol…helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. Why wouldn’t you juice it?

Let’s just all make/drink this and put the pharmaceutical scientists out of the job!

1 Chioggia Beet
1 Gala Apple
1 Pomegranate
1 Purple Carrot
1 Carrot
2 stalks Celery
1 small Lemon
1 chunk Ginger
3 large Collard Leaves
5 Kale leaves
1 handful of Dandelion Greens

Wash and prep the Beetroot, greens, fruits and veggies. Juice all with your Juice Extractor (doesn’t really matter what order). Usually I save the greens until last and wrap them around the lemons and ginger. Pour. Enjoy!

Makes about 2, 12oz servings.

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