I buy beets either as a bunch with greens or individually (which ever is available, I do juice the beet greens). When I buy them individually, they are usually in the grocers bin all by themselves, so I just pick out ones that are about the size of a tennis ball. They are ugly as heck, but I'm learning to like them (JUICED, still not a fan of eating them). Anyway, this morning I reached in my fridge for my morning Beet to add to my Red Bell Pepper, Carrots and Orange and when I cut the beet in half it was white - I just thought it was a white beet (I've juiced golden beets, but I had no idea what white beets looked like). When I finished juicing it looked like it normally does (because with all the orange and red, the color is pretty much orange), but there was a strange scent to the juice I had not experienced before. WHOA, what was that? When I took my first big swallow, I almost wanted to spit it out I was so taken aback by this strange twinge, needle pricking taste that completely overwhelmed the bell pepper, carrots and orange. I quickly added another orange to tone down that Bazaar taste.
I new immediately it was that White Beet! What the heck was that. How did it get into my fridge? Did I buy that? I had also given Bruce a glass and he had a slight reaction to it but down the hatch, he drank his faster than I'd seen him drink a morning juice before (I think he hated it so much but didn't want to throw it out). I followed right behind and drank mine down.
It was after all just fruit and vegetables. But it was definitely a different flavor and ONE THAT I DON'T PLAN TO RECREATE. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that - even when you make a mistake Juicing, it's really not a mistake and you still want to drink it because after all it's fresh vegetables and fruit, it's not going to kill you right.
I am still not sure what it was that I got mixed up with my red beets at the store. I thought it might be a Turnip, or a Rutabaga, but I'm not sure - and aren't they all really just beets?- Any one know what this is (the 3 uncut ones below are definitely beets, the halved one is the culprit, also pictured above).
Tomorrow I WILL NOT USE THE WHITE BEET! Ha!