Beets: The Perfect Vegetable

| 7/23/2018 11:29:00 AM

Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it’s hard to beat beets for healthy eating. But there’s even more to like about beets. For the gardener, they’re easy to grow. They store well. Did you know beets are a zero-waste veggie? Every part of the plant is edible: root, stems, and leaves. Why, they’re so versatile you can even use beets to dye fabric.

canned pickled beets

Home canned beets retain top flavor and quality for a solid year. Photo by Carole Coates

Health Benefits of Beets

Beets can lower blood pressure; promote eye, respiratory, and bone health; build immunity and increase stamina; and fight premature aging. There’s evidence they may even help prevent cancer. They’re highly nutritious, abundant in phytochemical compounds, low in fat and calories.

Beet Varieties

Some beet varieties are perfectly round. Others grow long, cylindrical carrot-like roots. They may be fire engine red, deep magenta, yellow-orange, or white. Some have alternating rings of color—pretty in a salad.

Mcgregor favorite beet

8/3/2018 9:34:57 PM

We grow beetroot all year round but especially in the winter. Our favorite way of eating them is cut into wedges and roasted with olive oil and sea salt and pepper. Mix them in with potatoes and other root veges and add some sage and onion! Easy to grow and versatile and so healthy!!

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