Ok. Ok. I will admit it. I resisted them for many years myself. But when I saw these at the market, I thought they were gorgeous! Yes, covered with dirt, in a gnarly kind of way, they are beautiful to me! So I picked up several bunches and decided to expand my horizons. And I’m so glad I did.
The beet root comes from the same family as Swiss chard and their edible leaves are similar in taste and texture.
Beets do have an earthy taste to them, but they are also sweet due to their high sugar content. Raw beets have a crunchy texture, but will turn soft and buttery when cooked. The leaves have a bright, bitter taste similar to that of chard.
Root beets contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer, reduce inflammation, support detoxification, and boost your stamina. My stamina can certainly use a boost, how about yours?
Beet greens are equally, if not more, nutritious. They also help in strengthening your immune system and supporting brain and bone health. I love their long tails. They are kind of cool and creepy at the same time!
As sturdy as they look, treat them delicately. The tiniest puncture or bruise will cause the red-purple pigment to bleed, especially during the cooking process.
Eat cooked beets on their own. Or add them cooked or raw to salads, as part of your veggie juice, or sauteed with spinach, chard, or their own leaves.
Beets DO have the highest sugar content of all vegetables. But at only 59 calories a cup, I’m happy for this healthy sweet treat.
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