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The Underappreciated Beet

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Beets — seems like you either love ’em or hate ’em. I was in the hate camp as a kid and young adult.

I remember one banquet that I attended my freshman year of college. On the plate was, I thought, a cinnamon candied apple. I set it aside and saved it for the very last, looking forward to the cinnamon-y goodness being the final flavor on my palate. You can imagine my disappointment when I cut a bite and put it in my mouth, only to discover it was a pickled beet! It ruined the entire dinner for me.

Well, I’m still not much of a pickled beet fan, but I now enjoy them in other ways — roasted with other root vegetables, boiled and chilled in salad, in borsch or just as a side dish, boiled or steamed. I grow them in my garden and enjoy the greens as well.

It turns out that what our moms told us is true. Beets really are good for us. They are full of many nutrients and phytochemicals.

Here’s a link to an article about the much maligned beet. In it there is a link to a short podcast about beets and it also has links to some creative beet recipes. Give them a try!

For Beets, a Little More Respect, Please – Well – Tara Parker-Pope – Health – New York Times Blog

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1 comment to The Underappreciated Beet

  • Beets – you are right, we either love them or hate them. I prefer to mask the flavor when they are cooked with butter (probably not the best choice). The other great way to eat beets is when they are pickled to perfection! My mother had the greatest pickled beet recipe from England that makes beets extremely yummy! Try beets, white vinegar, cloves, sugar and water (to taste). This ia great way to get all the benefits of that lonely beet!

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