Fun Facts about Beets:
- When harvested, the entirety of the plant is edible, from the tips of its leaves, down to its long pointed root.
- The biggest beet in the world was grown by a Dutchman. It weighed over 156 pounds.
- Because beetroot juice helps cleanse the liver, it also helps reduce hangover symptoms.
- Beets can cause “beeturia,” which is pink or red urine.
Health Benefits of Beets:
- Beets are high in fiber, which helps with satiety and digestive regularity.
- Beets have a variety of antioxidants that protect the body. One of these antioxidants is Nitrates which improve blood flow throughout the body, including the brain, heart, and muscles.
- Includes many vitamins and minerals, especially folate or vitamin B9. Folate is important for normal tissue growth and cell function and is particularly necessary for pregnant women to prevent neural tube defects.
Cooking with Beets:
- Beetroots are delicious raw but more frequently cooked or pickled. Their leaves known as beet greens can also be eaten.
Fresh, raw beets can be finely grated into salads for color or used as a garnish for soup. But beets are usually roasted, boiled, or steamed and cut into thin slices, cubes, or chunks that could be added to nourish bowls, pasta, sandwiches, and more!