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Product Roundup: Red-Hot Roots

By: Dina Cheney

Date: 02/02/2015

 

Once an underdog of the produce aisle, the blood-red beet has made a name for itself, thanks to its versatility and designation by some as a superfood. Several companies have made use of its vivid coloring for startling effect, while others are taking advantage of its flavor profile, at once sweet and savory. The result: a vibrant mix of offerings, from vinegar to ravioli to relish.

Blue Hill – Beet Yogurt. Creating a stir with its savory yogurt concept, the famed Blue Hill produces a line starring parsnips, tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash, with produce grown throughout the Northeast. Made with 100 percent grass-fed whole cow’s milk, the 6-ounce yogurts made their debut in 2013. The beet version, which took home sofi gold last year, features roasted beets, honey, raspberry vinegar, beet juice concentrate, sea salt, and live active cultures. Renowned chef Dan Barber and his team at Blue Hill Restaurant in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., are behind the inventive line, with plans underway to expand their reach. bluehillyogurt.com

Plum Organics – Plum Vida Cherry Berry Beet Ginger. Snack pouches originated with young foodies in mind, but they caught on in the grown-up world. Plum Organics took note and created this line of organic, non-GMO fruit and vegetable pouches geared toward adults. One serving of its berry beet ginger variety contains half a cup of produce—a blend of organic pear, cherry, and raspberry purees plus beet and lemon juice concentrates—and 3 grams of fiber, with just 80 calories. Ground ginger gives it a refined finish. The BPA-free, 5-ounce pouches are shelf-stable and resealable for convenient snacking. plumorganics.com

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