Beets

Spring, Summer, Fall

Health Benefits

Beets contain high amounts or boron, deeming the red luscious root a natural aphrodisiac. Beets are also high in potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, folic acid, beta-carotene, beta-cyanine and vitamins A, B and C. Vitamin B is beneficial to the new growth of cells, and ideal for women who are pregnant. The high amounts of iron found in beets help replenish iron lost in pregnant or nursing mothers. Beets are wonderful for cleansing the body. This miracle plant works to purify the blood, helps prevent various forms of cancer, and acts as a tonic for the liver. Beets also boost your mental health by lowering blood pressure and relaxing the mind through the release tryptophan into the body. Need an energy boost? Look no further. Although beets have a high sugar content, the sugar is released into your system gradually, providing long-lasting effects.

History

The wild beet is thought to have originated in prehistoric times; staring in North Africa and growing wild along the Asian and European seashores. People exclusively ate the beet leaves, leaving the root. The ancient Romans were among one of the first known civilizations to use the root as food. At one time, the beetroot was reckoned to be worth its own weight in silver! This became a prized crop to the Romans and was often cooked with the delicacies of wine and honey. Beets were also used medicinally as an aphrodisiac. It was discovered in the 19th century that beets were a concentrated source of sugar, upping its value. The first sugar factory was built in Poland and the beet was used as the primary source of sugar. It was around this time that the beet made its first appearance in the United States.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

You can store whole beets in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When storing cut beets, place them in a container lined with a moist paper towel. Do not wash beets before storing. The greens can be trimmed and stored like lettuce and other greens, but only have a 2-3 day shelf life. Store the leaves separately.

How to Prepare

Trim the roots and leaf stalks down to about ½ inch. Do not trim the tail.

Ways to Enjoy

Raw beetroot can be peeled and grated to add a sweet and colorful addition to any salad. Beets are lovely juiced with other vegetables such as carrots and spinach. Enjoy them boiled, bake, sautéed or steamed. Small or medium beets can be roasted whole, or cut into quarters. Pre-boil for 15-20 minutes before roasting.

Health Benefits

Beets contain high amounts or boron, deeming the red luscious root a natural aphrodisiac. Beets are also high in potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, folic acid, beta-carotene, beta-cyanine and vitamins A, B and C. Vitamin B is beneficial to the new growth of cells, and ideal for women who are pregnant. The high amounts of iron found in beets help replenish iron lost in pregnant or nursing mothers. Beets are wonderful for cleansing the body. This miracle plant works to purify the blood, helps prevent various forms of cancer, and acts as a tonic for the liver. Beets also boost your mental health by lowering blood pressure and relaxing the mind through the release tryptophan into the body. Need an energy boost? Look no further. Although beets have a high sugar content, the sugar is released into your system gradually, providing long-lasting effects.

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