Beetroot – regionally grown superfood

Every autumn, our regional partner farmers deliver freshly harvested organic beetroot to our juice factory in Tägerwilen. We use it to make our natural, directly pressed juice according to the Biotta principles:

  • 100% natural

  • 100% organic

  • Made 100% from directly pressed juice, without any rediluted concentrate

  • No added sugar (only the natural sugar in the ingredients)

  • No dyes, preservatives or flavourings

  • No added vitamins (fruits & vegetables have their own vitamins)

  • Produced under climate-friendly conditions

But what makes beet­root so spe­cial as a veg­etable? Let’s have a look:

  • A natural source of potassium

  • Helps maintain normal blood pressure

  • Valuable phytonutrients

This colour­ful tu­ber is known var­i­ously as red beet, table beet or beet­root. Its ap­peal­ing pur­ple-red hue has­n’t brought it much pop­u­lar­ity, though. In fact, beet­root is not even in the top 10 of the most fre­quently con­sumed veg­eta­bles in Switzer­land. This is de­spite the fact that beet­root was ap­par­ently al­ready con­sumed in an­tiq­uity, so it’s had more than a few cen­turies’ time to make a place for it­self in our di­ets. The Ro­mans were the first to cul­ti­vate it, and it later spread through­out Eu­rope, in­clud­ing Switzer­land. Since then the beet has been a na­tive crop here, thriv­ing in moist and hu­mus-rich loamy soils like those found for ex­am­ple in the Lake Con­stance re­gion. In ad­di­tion to the well-known red beet, the tu­ber also comes in yel­low (golden) and white ver­sions.

The red beet is of­ten used in the food in­dus­try as a nat­ural colourant. It can also be used as such in the home kitchen, for ex­am­ple in risotto or desserts. Re­spon­si­ble for the veg­etable’s pur­plish red colour is a phy­to­chem­i­cal known as beta-cy­na­nine. Like other veg­eta­bles, beet­root is a nat­ural source of potas­sium. Stud­ies have shown that it pro­motes the ex­cre­tion of wa­ter from the body. Potas­sium also en­sures that in­for­ma­tion is passed from cell to cell and it is there­fore es­sen­tial for the op­ti­mal func­tion­ing of all our or­gans as well as our ner­vous sys­tem. A suf­fi­cient in­take of potas­sium also helps main­tain nor­mal blood pres­sure.

The truth is that we don’t al­ways have to go for some ex­otic su­per­food from far-off lands, be­cause our own lo­cal veg­etable brings us vi­tal­ity and well-be­ing in a glass.