4 large beets, cleaned
1 pound cherries, pitted
1 teaspoon fresh lemon or lime juice
1 cup plain full fat yogurt (non dairy or regular)
¼ cup sour cream (regular or vegan alternative)
You made add a small pinch of salt to taste
Cook the beets in water in a large saucepan until they are tender and you can pierce them with a knife, (approximately 40 minutes.
Drain the beets reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid and set them aside to cool.
Put the beet liquid and the cherries in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, until the cherries are very soft, about 10 minutes.
Peel and cut the beets into quarters. Place them in a food processor along with the cherries and cooking liquid and puree until smooth.
Transfer into a bowl and refrigerate the soup until chilled, at least 3 hours.
In a separate mixing bowl blend the yogurt and sour cream, and stir them into the beet and cherry puree before serving.
The Borscht can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator
This is a great recipe to help nourish and to build your blood.
Beets are high in vitamin B9 or folate which helps cells to grow and function optimally. It also plays an important role in protecting blood vessels from damage which helps reduce the risks of stroke or heart disease.
Cherries are often used post-pregnancy in some cultures, to help replenish the blood lost during delivery. In Eastern medicine, Cherries strengthen the overall Qi and the Qi of the digestive system. They are great to moisturize the skin and dry mouth. Eaten regularly, they also help to build energy and help with vertigo or palpitations associated with a depletion of blood. Be mindful not to eat in too high quantities as some people have a hard time tolerating the iron and cyangetic glucosides. Moderation is best with cherries.
In Eastern medicine, both are used to nourish and build the blood so, if you run dry, have heavy periods or are chronically low in iron, this would make a great addition to your diet.
If you tend to have weaker digestion or chronic nasal congestion or phlegm, it would be best to go with a warm soup option. instead of the cold version