Don’t Let the Garden Beet You!

Every year, I plant far to many plants for my two person household. Every year I also say that I won’t plant so much next year but then I go ahead and do it again. Carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes are easy to get rid of but people seem to lack interest in beets. I am not sure why as I find them to be sweet and delicious. I am not a fan of pickled beets with vinegar brine but I think this year I will try to roast and can them. They make lovely addition to salad or just as a side dish to any meal.

Besides their delicious sweet taste, they are also jam packed with calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. In addition, they also have substantial amounts of folic acid, fibre, manganese and potassium. Often used in veggie burgers to provide the red ‘meat like’ color, they are also sneaking in all kinds of powerful nutrients. There are so many kinds of beets as well that range between purple, white, candy cane striped, golden and more. You can find them round and bulb like or long like a carrot. The tops are also edible although they have a bitter taste and are best eaten when they are young. A common use for the leaves is to make Beetniks which is basically a bun wrapped in a young beet leaf, baked and then dipped in a creamy dill sauce.

Let your imagination run wild and take some time to consider the mighty beet!

 

Great Resource Links

Growing Beets, Seeds: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/vegetables/beets/

Canning Beets: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/how-to-can-beets-and-preserve-beets

4 Ways to Cook Beets: https://www.marthastewart.com/331835/4-ways-to-cook-beets

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