Life Giving Green Juice

Now that my Aquaponics system is up and running and producing well, I am able to pick a bunch of Kale every day for my Green Juice top up.
Green Juice

I have found that the Red Russian variety seems to do best in the system, followed closely by the Tuscan Black.

Red Russian Kale

The recipe I follow is as follows;

1 Bunch of Kale
3 large carrots
1 Capsicum
1 Lebanese cucumber
1 Apple (I use granny smith)
1 Lemon or 2 limes (skin and all)
15mm piece of Ginger

Green juices are power-packed with nutrition. Green vegetables are packed full of chlorophyll which oxygenate your body enabling it to release stored toxins by cleansing your digestive system, lungs and liver. Hemoglobin becomes elevated and this improves the blood circulation, giving you a boost of energy.

Magnesium which is essential for efficient calcium utilisation is at the centre of each chlorophyll molecule. When you include green juices in your daily diet, it helps your body absorb calcium far better. All green plants have Vitamins A and C, which are important co-factors for calcium absorption.

Chlorophyll foods also act as a form of ‘stored sunshine’, to regulate calcium and Vitamin D deficiency. So if you get no sunshine, then increase the greens in your diet.

Strawberries

Can’t wait for my strawberries to ripen so that I can add these to my green juice or, better still, eat them whole.

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15 Responses to Life Giving Green Juice

  1. sarasinart says:

    Great results, grow on!

    • And Nancy, the system is still very much in its infancy.
      Since enclosing the carport with double thickness polycarbonate, the daily minimum water temperature has gone up some 8 degrees C. This means the fish are now far happier, eating more and thus producing more food for the veggies.
      Looking forward to seeing how my Mango, Paw Paw and Avocado trees develop. With a bit of luck I’ll be eating fresh Paw Paw within the year. The Mango and Avocado will probably take a little longer.

  2. sarasinart says:

    You kale looks amazing. It will be interesting to watch this progress. You did it all right and it’s working for sure.

    • Nancy, I tried three types of Kale. Red Russian, Tiscano Black and Riccio Blue. The one you see in the forground is Red Russian which has grown the best, followed by Tuscano Black which you see in the background. These are the two that I’ll keep planting.

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. Julie says:

    Awesome,wish I had a little kale factory myself. I’m trying to make a healthy–no sugar–smoothie with it everyday to get enough calcium in the diet. Will this system withstand your winter temperatures there? How cold does it get in your region?

    • G’day Julie, The system is now fully clad with dual layer Perspex sheeting and self opening and closing windows. Since the cladding was put on the minimum water temperature has been 11 degrees C and it has risen to 19 as apposed to a minimum of 4 degrees C previously.
      During winter we get several days with a minimum air temp of sub zero (-2 maybe -3) but usually it is around 3 or 4. Given this, and the micro climate I have created in the large 6 meter by 7 meter greenhouse I should be able to grow all year round. I’ll let you know next winter.
      My biggest concern is going to be in the heat of summer (Jan – Feb), so I am trying to find someone who can design a shading system for me with pull down shade cloth.

  4. Sophie33 says:

    Your previous post, was just half a post, I see! đŸ˜‰ A great juice for me to try! xxx

    • Great to hear from you again Sophie. I try to have at least one glass of green juice a day as a medicinal top up. Just experiment with the ingredient quantities to suite your own taste. The veggies continue to grow outstandingly well even though it is still such a young system with such a small body weight of fish to provide nutrients. Unfortunately the only plant that I’ve lost is the Paw Paw tree. I’ve ordered another which will arrive in the next few days so hopefully that will do better. Plants thriving at the moment are, Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Corn, Tomatoes, Lebanese Cucumber, Swede, Turnip, Strawberries, Avocado, Mango. Be interesting to see what it all looks like in a years time when the system is fully mature with a large mass of Silver Perch and Catfish in the large fish tank. I’ll keep you posted. I continue to enjoy all of you postings. Keep up the good work.

      Sent from my iPad

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  5. Hi Paul, how long and on what setting do you use for this in the Thermomix? Sorry to hear that you’ve lost your paw paw but what a fantastic list of other fruit and vegies that have succeeded – especially the mango!

    • Unfortunately I don’t use the Thermomix for the juice Zerin. I use my Hurom slow juicer. Otherwise there would definitely be too much pulp.
      Just planted my new Paw Paw tonight, so hope that fares better than the last. Of all of the plants it is the Paw Paw that I desperately want to see come to fruit. Fingers crossed.
      When are you going to pop over to see the system?

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