Fruit & Vegetables

This section of the site lists all of the fruits and vegetables you can use in your juicing, together with details on the nutrients they supply and the health benefits they offer.


Dandelion Greens

What most people think of as a nuisance and a hideous weed is such a well respected plant that it sits on the U.S National Formulatory, as well as the Pharmcopeias of Poland, Hungary, Soviet Union and Switzerland. It is also one of the top six herbs in the Chinese […]


Cucumber

Cucumis sativus, more commonly known as cucumber, is a member of the gourd (cucurbitaceae) family, which also includes gourds, melons and squashes. Another name for cucumbers is gherkins, which actually alludes to cucumbers in their pickled form.  Currently, it is the world’s fourth most commonly cultivated crop, after onions, tomatoes […]


Cranberries

Cranberry is a ruby-red coloured, tart berry that typically grows in the acid bogs. The plant is a low creeping evergreen shrub or vine that can measure up to two metres (7 ft.) in length and approximately five to twenty centimeters (2 – 8 inches) high. The slim, wire like […]


Cilantro & Coriander Seeds

Coriandrum sativum or cilantro belongs to the Apiaceae family and is a fast-developing, sweet-smelling herb that grows in cooler temperatures. Coriander actually describes the entire herbal plant inclusive of the stems, leaves, seeds and roots. In reality it is actually two treats in one, the leaves are known as cilantro […]


Celery

The French word “celeri,” is derived from its Greek version and in turn it gives rise to the English language word “celery”. Celery is a biennial plant belonging to the same family as parsley, caraway, carrots and fennel. It typically grows in bundles of stalks that range from twelve to […]


Cauliflower

“A cauliflower is nothing but a cabbage with a college education.” –Mark Twain Introduction to Cauliflower Regardless of the name, it is a vegetable and not a flower, belonging to the Brassica Oleraces species in the family of Brassicaceae. It is closely related to broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and kale, […]


Carrots

The cultivated orange carrots we eat today look very different to the coloured wild carrots which were red, white, black or purple. These were bred by the Dutch in the Middle Ages by crossing red and yellow varieties.
Carrots are known for their eye health benefits. Beta-carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A, and pigments needed for night vision.
Carrots also contain compounds that help fight cancer, and phytochemicals that help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Carrots also have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties to help out your immune system and can be applied shredded to external wounds to help prevent infection.
Munching on raw carrots can help maintain healthy teeth and gums, by increasing alkaline saliva production, stimulate gums and help reduce plaque.


Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo)

These melons are actually a member of the same family as cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. Cantaloupes are thought to have existed in biblical times as long ago as 2400 B.C., and some Egyptian paintings even depict melons.
Cantaloupes are rich sources of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A for good eye health. One cup of cantaloupe can provide your daily requirements for vitamin A.
Cantaloupes are also good sources of potassium, myoinositol (good for anxiety and insomnia) and digestive enzymes.
Cantaloupes may even help suppress nicotine withdrawal, offering a good natural support for those trying to give up smoking (as well as replacing the vitamin A that smoking exhausts).


Brussels Sprouts (Brassica oleracea, variety gemmifera)

Documented evidence show Brussels sprouts were found in the location of modern day Brussels (in Belgium) as far back as the 13th century, and that is where it gets its name from.
Sprouts have cholesterol lowering properties but are also a rich source of glucosinolates which have anti-cancer properties.
Sprouts also contain anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties as well as antioxidants, vitamins C, A, B6, thiamine, folate, niacin, riboflavin, E and K. Sprouts also supply us with generous supplies of minerals, like potassium, manganese and iron.


Blueberries

Blueberries are known for their high antioxidant content, and as we all should know, antioxidants help protect our cells from damage from free radicals that can lead to cancer and other disease.


Broccoli (Brassica oleracea, variety italica)

A relative of the cauliflower and Brussel sprouts, broccoli is a vegetable superhero. Broccoli has high levels of potassium, soluble fibre, chromium, beta carotenes, vitamin C and lots of other vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.


Blackberries

Blackberries have powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and can be eaten from frozen if fresh ones are not available.


Basil Leaves

Once thought to be poisonous, this fragrant herb is commonly used in cooking and salads, and is packed with nutrients, providing a wealth of health benefits.


Beets and Beet Greens

Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, beets are an excellent addition to the diet.


Asparagus officinalis

Asparagus officinalis is a delicious sprout that has been prized for millennia for its medicinal and amorous properties. This article looks at the health benefits of Asparagus.


Apples

Does an apple a day keep the doctor away? Find out in this article.


Turmeric

Turmeric grows under the ground as a rhizome. It’s active ingredient, curcumin, has a lot of health benefits.


Wheatgrass

Triticum aestivum (wheatgrass) is typically sold in tablet, liquid or capsule form as a dietary supplement. It is also frequently employed in juicing, as an addition to smoothies or used to make tea. It belongs to the family Poaceae and is the very young grass, between seven to eleven inches […]


Cabbage

In the same family as cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and Kale, cabbage comes in a few common varieties, like white, red and Savoy.
In Roman times, vinegar soaked cabbage was used before drinking too much alcohol as a hangover prevention therapy. Cabbage was also used as a food source for soldiers, as well as a wrapping for their wounds to reduce infection.
Cabbage is a good source of several vitamins including K and C, but also supplies good dietary fibre and glucosinolates compounds (which have anti-cancer properties). It also contains essential minerals like manganese, iron, potassium and magnesium.
A number of antioxidants are also present, making cabbage a very healthy addition to your diet.