Tasty Beet Recipes

Beets Recipes

Beet Recipes

Beets, known for their deep red coloring, are a great vegetable to explore your culinary imagination because they are almost entirely edible. Whether you want to discover new ways to cook the root, stem, or leaves, you can!

Growth

Beets are winter vegetables that are very easy to grow. Due to the quick growth of the edible root, beets need a lot of water. To keep the soil moist, it is best to put a 1-2” layer of compost or mulch over the entire row. Because of their shallow roots, using your hands to pull weeds and do any other adjustments, rather than using a tool, is recommended. Beets can be enjoyed from their infancy to their full maturity, so planting many at a time is a great idea. The best method to grow is direct sown. Transplants can be very challenging because of the rapid growth of the root. When direct sowing, plant in deep, rich, soil, and add as much organic matter as possible to provide a continuous flow of nutrients. To produce many beets of differing sizes and flavors, sow every 10 days. When harvesting, leave the root attached to the bulb intact so the beet won’t bleed. To avoid stringy and tough beets, harvest them at about 2”. If you are growing them for their greens, it’s best to harvest them around 5”.

Health Benefits

Focusing on just nitrates, betaine, and B-vitamin folate, beets provide the following health benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Better circulation
  • Reduced heart disease risk
  • Improved stamina
  • Increased brain function

Beet Lemonade

Ingredients:
  • 2-3 beets
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water (more to taste)
  • Ice
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

Instructions: Prepare simple syrup using sugar and water over medium heat. Stir frequently. In pitcher, combine syrup, lemon juice, juiced beets, and water. Stir. Ice, additional water, basil leaves, optional. Sit back, relax, and drink to your health.\

Basic Roasted Beets

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium beets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions: Heat oven to 375 degrees and arrange a rack in the middle. Rinse the beets. Remove leafy tops. Wrap completely in aluminum foil and place in the oven. Roast until they can be easily pierced with a fork. Let them cool. Peel them with a paring knife, slice them, and drizzle with olive oil. Season them with salt and pepper. Enjoy your newfound love. Beets!

Beet and Goat Cheese Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 large beet
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup tahini paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Instructions: Scrub the beet and chop it into large cubes. Bake it at 400 degrees until soft enough to pierce with a fork, then let it cool. Combine the beet, and other ingredients (*rinsed chickpeas) in a food processor until well blended. Drizzle the olive oil into the food processor and blend until smooth. Pull out your favorite crackers, and enjoy!  



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  • Cheri on

    Can u eat beets raw?

    Seed Needs Wrote:
    Beets can definitely be consumed raw. You don’t have to cook them. They can be grated, sliced or mashed. Thank you!


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