Beet Kvass – What is it and Why am I Drinking it?

Written by Max Goldberg on January 24, 2012. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

Organic beet kvass isn’t exactly a household name, similar to a coconut water or even kombucha.

And I don’t believe that it will ever come close to having the same name recognition as these other two drinks.

Yet, its health benefits and utility may surpass them both.

A lacto-fermented beverage of Russian origin, beet kvass provides the body with beneficial bacteria and aids in digestion.

It is also touted as a blood purifier and an excellent way to cleanse the liver.

Unlike kombucha, which uses sugar in the fermentation process, the beet kvass from Hawthorne Valley uses no sugar at all. And because it is a raw drink, all of the vitamins and minerals remain intact.

While I tend to drink it straight, the other great thing about beet kvass is that it can be used as a base for soups, salad dressings or marinades.

Beet kvass is slightly sweet, slight salty and slightly addictive.

And it is just one of those drinks, very much like green juice, that you know as soon as it is in your mouth how incredibly healthy it is for you.

If you’re looking to incorporate a new, nutritionally-rich beverage into your lifestyle, give organic beet kvass a try. I love it.

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Made from organic beets, organic cabbage, organic spices, unrefined sea salt and well water, Hawthorne Valley beet kvass can be found at select retail locations and can be purchased online.

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7 Comments

  1. Greetings Max!

    I drink a organic Beet and organic Beet Ginger Kvass from
    Zukay Live Foods. We sell their drinks in our SF stores.
    We also tried selling their salad dressings but our customers
    did not like them. I make my beet kvass from time to time.

    http://www.zukay.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=127&Itemid=205
    All the best,
    stephanie

    Written by stephanie haughey on January 27, 2012 @ 11:44 am
  2. I would love to try the one you bought and visit their farm. I like their story as well.

    Written by stephanie haughey on January 27, 2012 @ 11:47 am
  3. Hi Stephanie,

    The taste of the beet kvass that I profile here tastes very different than Zukay’s. This is primarily because Zukay’s uses stevia and ginger.

    I am surprised people didn’t like the salad dressings.

    Scott, the founder of Zukay, said that organic certification should be coming very soon.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 29, 2012 @ 2:41 pm
  4. Hi Stephanie,

    Yes, it is a great story and the farm is biodynamic as well. The organic, biodynamic food (mostly fruit) that I have been eating lately has been truly phenomenal.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on January 29, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
  5. Hey Max,

    I love Hawthorne valley!!

    How much of the beet kvass do you usually take in one serving? I’m used to a potent daily probiotic supplement, so I don’t think it will shock my system.

    Any good salad dressing recipes to make w kvass?

    Written by Daisy on February 2, 2012 @ 1:34 pm
  6. Hi Daisy, I

    I love them as well!!

    To be honest, when I buy that bottle of beet kvass, I drink the whole thing. For me, I am not concerned about it shocking my system at all.

    Salad dressings: maybe you could add some shredded carrots and ground walnuts to the beet kvass. I wonder how that would taste.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on February 3, 2012 @ 5:31 pm
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