I met Scott Grzybek, founder of Zukay Live Foods, several years ago at a conference. I was so impressed by Zukay’s resolve to sourcing local, organic foods and their commitment to utilizing ancient and traditional preparation methods to create quality foods!
I recently got the opportunity to try several of Zukay’s organic, live, raw, traditionally prepared, probiotic rich beverages called kvass.
What’s kvass, you ask?
Kvass is a fermented (cultured) beverage teeming with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and other micro-organisms that are critical for a healthy gut (and therefore, a healthy body!) Kvass is also a gentle detoxifier- and it tastes great!
Zukay makes several varieties of kvass:
- Beet Kvass
- Super Root Kvass
- Vegetable Medley Kvass
- Super Green Kvass
- Beet Ginger Kvass
- Carrot Ginger Kvass
- Super Gold Kvass
Here are the ones we tried:
It was tart, earthy, refreshing, not overpowering and quite smooth. The sarsaparilla flavor comes through.
This one was fresh tasting, tart, tasted of greens with a lemony brightness and a slight vegetal/herbal finish.
This was fresh, earthy and slightly sweet- definitely the sweetest of the bunch. This clean flavor is easy to drink, isn’t very sour and is a little bit salty. It’s a toss-up if I like the Beet or the Super Root the best!
I really picked up on a fresh cucumber/pickle-type flavor in this one. It was kind of sweet and had a vegetal flavor, but wasn’t overpowering. I didn’t specifically pick up on the cabbage or tomato, which I appreciated.
While you can make your own kvass at home, I really enjoy the convenience of being able to purchase it ready to drink, especially since I know it’s prepared the correct, traditional way. I love being able to save time in my home kitchen, so real food done for me, is a-ok by me!
Have you tried kvass? Which flavor would be your favorite?