What is a beetroot?
A beet or beetroot is a dark purple vegetable root. Fresh and ripe, but not overly ripe, beets should be firm with no soft and wet areas. It also should have fresh, clean leaves.
Benefits of eating beets.
Beetroot contains the antioxidant called betacyanin. It is this antioxidant that gives it its dark purple, almost red color. Beets purify the blood and also have anti-carcinogenic (reduce the risk of cancer) properties. Research has discovered that the properties of beets actually regenerate immune cells in the liver, aiding its natural defenses. Beets also contain silica, a mineral that is important for healthy skin, fingernails, ligaments, tendons and bones. Beets provide a source of potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, iodine, iron, copper, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. Because of the iron, beets ar ea good food to uild up a low blood suppyl or help keep yor blood supply from getting low. And since the iron in beets is organic it is non-irritating and unlikely to cause constipation the way taking iron supplements will. Beetroot has been known to be an excellent food for cleansing the spleen, kidneys, liver and gall bladder.
How to eat and store beetroot.
Like most vegetables before eating beets the vegetable should be washed and the leaves removed. It is recommended to wash beets in cold water using a vegetable brush. There are many different ways that beets can be eaten. They can be boiled or baked in the oven. They can be grated and eaten raw or chopped up and put in salad. Beets can also be peeled, diced and sauteed in butter. To bake in the oven or to boil on the stove in salt water it takes at least 2 hours. They are done when they are the softness and tenderness that you desire. Beetroots can even be pickled in vinegar. This is usually only done with very small beets.
To store beetroots the leaves should be cut about 2 inches above the vegetable root. Keep them refrigerated, preferably in the vegetable crisper. The beets will lasts about 4 to 5 days.
Origin of beets.
Beetroot is thought to originate in Western Asia and the Mediterranean region of Europe. This vegetable has been being eaten for the past 2000 years. Even the Greeks and the Romans ate beets. It is even written in their mythology that beetroot was offered on a silver platter to Apollo in his temple in Delphi.