What to do with Beet

    Beets nutrition facts

    Beets are highly nutritious and “cardiovascular health” friendly root vegetables. Certain unique pigment antioxidants in the root as well as in its top-greens have been found to offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke, lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects.

    Botanically, this tuberous root vegetable belongs to the Amarathaceae family, in the beta genus. Its scientific name is?Beta vulgaris. Swiss chard is another member in the beta genus grown for its edible leaves.

    Beets are small herbaceous plants with broad dark-green leaves. Its underground taproot matures in 50-60 days of sowing and weighs about 100 to 150 g. If not harvested at the right time, it keeps growing in size to more than a pound and may develop surface cracks, lose taste and become less appetizing because of excess fiber content.

    Different cultivars exist; red, orange-yellow and white verities. The unique crimson-red color of red beet is due to betalain pigments, such as betanin and betacyanin. Yellow varieties are rich in ?-xanthin pigment. The root and its top tender greens have been in use for human consumption. Choggia beet or candy cane variety has alternative red and white concentric whorls.


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