Beets Know Your Fruits and Veggies

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Beets are one of my favorite vegetables. I love them roasted. Slow oven roasting brings out the sweetness. Pair them with other root veggies like carrots, tubers like potatoes and bulbs like onions and garlic and you have a great entree or side dish.
Golden and red beets are cousins to turnips. These root vegetables can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. The  juice is used as a dye and can be hard to wash off your skin. Handle carefully or use gloves. Store beets in the refrigerator. Beets are a good source of iron and phyto-nutrients called betalains. Betanin  provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support for the body.

The greens can be eaten raw in salads or added to soups or stews.  Baby greens are often found in Mesclun mixes. 

 

Here are some ways to get beets into your diet!

Golden Beets with Kale
Dye tips
Pickled Red Beet Eggs

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