Beetroot, Fennel and Dill Ferment – Perfect for Beginners



This is my daughter’s favourite ferment, she has it most days in her lunch box and loves it. Fermentation is what has been used for generations before refrigeration and is the perfect preserved food that wont spoil but has so many health benefits.  The beetroot gives it a really sweet flavour and the dill adds the most incredibly delicious smell whilst you are making it.


If you’re new to fermentation, this is a great one to start with.  Beetroot contains betalin which powerfully supports detoxification of the liver.  This animal study shows the reduction in toxins in the blood when given beetroot extract.  The naturally occurring nitrates have also been shown to improve athletic performance and boost stamina.

Fennel has some wonderfully healing properties for anyone with gastrointestinal issues.  It is not only full of fiber but boosts the excretion of gastric juices so supports digestive function.  It has also been shown to be effective in reducing menstrual pain in girls.

Full of health benefits this ferment is a must to make!

Quick Tip

Beetroot ferments very quickly so make sure you only ferment for a few days and I put my jar in a bowl in my cupboard in case some of the liquid escapes from the top of the jar!

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Beetroot, Fennel and Dill Ferment
  • 1 bunch of fresh beetroot
  • 1 bulb of fennel
  • 1 bunch of fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt (NOT table salt)
  • 500ml mason jar
  1. Grate the beetroot - I use my food processor and the 4 ml grated blade so that it doesnt release too much of the liquid of the beetroot
  2. Finely slice the fennel
  3. Put your dill through the food processor too for speed and finely chop
  4. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and cover with the salt and squeeze until the beetroot until it releases the juice.
  5. Add the ingredients to the mason jar and push down until the liquid covers, allow at leat 3 cm at the top of the jar for the vegetables to expand
  6. Close lid and put in a dark cupboard for 3-5 days to ferment
  7. NB It might be worth putting a bowl underneath the jar just in case the liquid spills.


Join the Conversation

  1. Such a pretty color! I am doing some liver cleansing right now and this looks like a great way to get some beets in! Thank you for the great idea!

    1. Thanks Renee, yes great for the liver and for your gut it’s a good combo!

  2. Been really in to getting enough probiotics lately, thanks for a new recipe idea!

    1. I’m always on the lookout for new combinations to ferment too!

  3. Cristina Curp says:

    Love this! what a great pop of color to add to any meal… not to mention the gut loving goodness!

    1. Yes it is pretty and so healthy, thanks.

  4. Fermented veggies are so good for you and I love that you can make them ahead and enjoy it for many days to come. Thank you for this lovely recipe !

    1. Thank you, they are the perfect way to preserve food and they taste amazing.

  5. I’m always searching for new things to ferment and preserve our garden veggies, and this one looks great! I bet it would be a delicious addition to our meals and love the probiotic benefits too!

    1. I’m always looking for new combinations too!

  6. This looks amazing!! I love love fennel. I have to make this!

    1. Thanks Katja, yes me too!

  7. I love anything with fennel, so I have to try this out soon!

    1. Oh good, hope you enjoy it.

  8. What vibrant beautiful colors! I have some beets and fennel in the fridge now, I must make this soon!

    1. Thanks Amy.

  9. I have never fermented before and this looks like some next level super inspired fermenting, genuinely makes me want to get the ball rolling and start improving my gut with this stuff. Looks delicious, and a great way to eat more beetroot.

    1. It’s great Mark and much easier than you think. I hope you enjoy fermenting, we all need a little in our lives!

  10. Would love to try fermented beets! Great idea.

  11. I bet this is delicious!

  12. These colors are so beautiful and vibrant.

    1. Thanks Carrie.

  13. I ove this combination and the color is so vibrant! Looks great!

    1. pretty beetroot!

  14. This sounds amazing! 3 of my favorite things … and fermented! That is so cool! I LOVE beets and fennel and dill is one of my favorite herbs (same with my husband). This would be so loved in our home.

    1. Thanks Emily it’s a favourite 🙂

  15. I need to add more fermented foods to my diet! Cant wait to try this

  16. I have never had fermented beet root, but I love beets & anything pickled or fermented. This is a wonderful idea 🙂

  17. OMG! I absolutely love pickled beetroot and I love fennel and dill so this is definitely going on my vast list of ferments to whip up. Gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Georgina, me too!

  18. I NEED to get more fermented foods into my diet. This looks perfect!

    1. We ALL do! hopefully this is a simple one for all.

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