All About Beets
One thing is for sure.. we love our beets raw, but their flavor will really shine when you roast them. So good! They’re an excellent source of folate, potassium, copper, and manganese. Full of fiber, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and even Vitamin B6. Beets even help detoxify your liver, which is why love to juice and enjoy them raw. Beets are also full of antioxidants. If you didn’t already know, there isn’t just red beets that we all know and love. There’s other varieties as well.
Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad with Beet Green Salsa Verde / Brooklyn Supper
Red Beets this classic beet that has a sweet earthy note. When you think of Beets you’ll always think of this red beauty. We love to use them shredded uncooked in salads or even juicing into our morning drink.
Chioggia Beets (Striped Beets) Naturally stripped like a tiger these beets and can be used just like other beets in recipes. The colors are beautiful and great for raw vegan recipes to wow your guests. Some have a orange and yellow combination and some resemble a candy cane you’d see around Christmas.
Golden Beets These golden gals are a little less sweet than the typical red beet. They also have a less earthy flavor that you’d find in the red beets.
Baby Beets These are just small beets that farmers sell to not let produce go to waste.
Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes / Yummy Healthy Easy
FACT: Beets can be a natural dye for anything like a red velvet beet cake or even dying your Easter Eggs. That beautiful red color from Red Beets is all natural and a great food dye alternative.
You can really see the difference in the beet when the greens are still attached. Buying without the leafy greens is like buying flowers that desperately need water. Always be sure to remove the leafy green/stems when you come home. If not they will absorb all the nutrients and water from the actual beet.
WHEN ARE BEETS IN SEASON Beets are available year round however find them at their best during June -November.
HOW TO PICK OUT BEETS If purchasing fresh always try to get them with their leafy greens attached ensuring they’re FRESH. You want them to be round, hard, smooth and without any blemishes.
HOW TO STORE BEETS You can store beets unwashed in the refrigerator for up to a week or even longer. Use up the greens quickly though!
CAN YOU FREEZE BEETS YES! You can absolutely freeze beets. Just boil them prior to freezing and make sure you boil them WHOLE to prevent them from bleeding out.
Sea Salt and Vinegar Beet Chips / Running To The Kitchen
If your friends and family claim beets are disgusting and taste like dirt, prove them wrong by trying one of these recipes:
Beet Fries with Goat Cheese Sauce / What Jew Wanna Eat
Beet Citrus Salad / An Edible Mosaic
Borscht – Russian Style Beet Soup / An Edible Mosaic
Raw Beet and Butternut Slaw / Apron Strings Blog
Roasted Beet and Chèvre Crisps / Self Proclaimed Foodie
Fresh Beet Soup / Self Proclaimed Foodie
Roasted Garlic Beet Hummus / Running To The Kitchen