If you are like me, and pretty much everyone else in my family, you are not really a beet person.
The secrets of beets, however, are two, and I learned them both in Morocco: first is its incredible color. Its juice is more raspberry than raspberries. It’s stunning.
The second is that you can puree beets with a little sugar and orange juice and produce a beautiful tasty nutritious smoothie drink in the middle of winter, when there are no strawberries to be found…
3 red beets
About 1 cup orange juice
¼ cup sugar or honey
Trim stems from the beets and cut off the ends; peel and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Boil the beets in water for 20-25 minutes (the older the beets, the longer they’ll need to cook), till tender.
Drain the beets and add them in a blender and add enough orange juice to cover about half of them. Blend well, adding additional orange juice if necessary to produce a smoothie-like consistency.
Add sugar and/or honey to taste – start with a small amount and add gradually, as the beets and orange juice are surprisingly sweet on their own and don’t need a great deal of sweetener to bring out the flavors.
Note: this is also tasty and beautiful when swirled into an avocado smoothie – another Moroccan drink that sounds odd to us but is amazing in reality.