The beetroot (Beta vulgaris) is a common root vegetable that that grows as a round bulb with a leafy top poking out above the soil. The beetroots stand out from other root vegetables due to their dark red colour.
In recent year the Beetroot has made a grand comeback and been crowned a ‘superfood’ due to its high levels of antioxidants, which give them their rich purple colour. Beetroots are also an excellent source of iron, fibre, vitamin A, C and a range of B vitamins.
Historically the humble beetroot was generally used for dyes and natural medicinal purposes to aid in lowering triglyceride levels in the blood and enhance sexual performance.
Today, beetroots are inexpensive and most often used for dips and salads. The root can also be made into beet juice, which is popular for detoxification juicing. Beets need to be washed and the greens removed prior to cooking; they don’t have to be peeled.
Red beets may be the most familiar variety, but beets come in a rainbow of colours. Yellow, white, and even candy-striped (with red and white concentric circles) beets are available in specialty markets. Sugar beets are used to make table sugar.
The leaves and roots of beetroots are packed with nutrition including antioxidants that fight cell damage and reduce the risk of heart disease. They’re one of the few vegetables that contain betalains, a powerful antioxidant that gives beets their vibrant colour. Betalains reduce inflammation and may help protect against cancer and other diseases.
Beetroot bulbs have many helpful paint compounds that reduce inflammation and protect cells from damage. Some of the other health benefits of beetroot include↓
Storage & Cooking Tips
Flavour, Texture & Pairing
Beetroot has a sweet, rich earthy flavour, with a firm texture, ideal for pairing with sweet, fresh flavours.
Use beetroot to transform classic dishes like past or risotto into eye-catching but simple main course
Links to some fabulous recipes
Expand your tastebuds and head to www.taste.com.au or www.delicious.com.au for amazing beetroot recipe ideas.