Beetroots Mixed Colours
The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, also table beet, garden beet, red beet, or golden beet and their leaves are called beet greens.
Ways to prepare
Eat the root fresh; sliced, diced or grated in salads, smoothies, juice extractions, pickled, stir-fried, steamed, boiled or added to soups. The greens can be used like spinach, added to salads, smoothies, juice extractions, stir-fried, steamed or added to soups.
Beetroot is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium.
Beetroot, also known simply as the beet, has been gaining in popularity as a new super food due to recent studies claiming that beets and beetroot juice can improve athletic performance, lower blood pressure and increase blood flow.
Other usesOther than as a food, beets have use as a food colouring and as a medicinal plant. Many beet products are made from other varieties, particularly sugar beet.