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If your ginger root is older or stringy, grate a 2-inch chunk, gather the gratings and squeeze them hard with your hand over the blender to extract the juice. Discard the stringy pulp. Black pepper sounds like a strange smoothie ingredient, but it adds a surprising little flavor snap and helps activate the curcumin in turmeric. You can use fresh ground and/or try adding 2–3 drops of food-grade black pepper essential oil.