Beet Facts

Beet Recipes

Red Beets have been described as both sweet and earthy tasting. They contain more sugar than any other vegetable, therefore, they are high in carbs but surprisingly low in fat. Beets are a good source of folic acid and are loaded with antioxidants that help prevent cancer and heart disease. They help in keeping the elasticity of the arteries and while they aren't very high in iron, they have the best quality of iron which is great for blood building.

Handling, Preparation and Storage

Before storing your beets, you will want to cut off the greens leaving about 2 inches of greens attached to the root. You can store them in the crisper drawer washing just before you prepare. The greens can store unwashed in a plastic bag up to about 5 days. Wash when ready to use.
With all vegetables, heat diminishes the quality of the nutrients, so cook as little as necessary.

Beet greens can be used in green salads, steamed, or sautéed just as you would spinach.

The beet root can be shredded over soups or salads to add color and flavor. You can boil them, but don't take the skins off until after they cook.

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