Beautiful Beets

January 17, 2009 at 7:33 am 9 comments

My midwife, Rebecca, encouraged me to eat beets during my pregnancy…so I promptly went to the coop and bought 2 different varieties, but they sat uneaten in the back of my fridge for weeks. Finally, upon seeing them, I had a craving and decided to cook them up. I do love beets…I grew up eating them fresh from my parent’s garden, but I didn’t know of (or care about) the awesome health benefits back then! πŸ™‚

Beets are super high in folate, which is essential when you’re growing a baby! It also has a decent level of iron and tons of other nutrients. There are several different ways to eat beets:

  • Roast or boil until tender…season with lemon juice, olive oil, herbs, etc.
  • Grate raw beets over your salads (I love this!)
  • Juice them!
  • Marinate/steam the greens just like you would with mustard or collard greens.

This particular variety of beets has a striped pink and white flesh and is called a “chioggia” beet. Aren’t they so beautiful? It was such a surprise when I cut into it! It’s a pre-1840 Italian heirloom garden beet and I had never seen it before. But the coop had a bunch of kinds, so I thought I should mix it up! I will definitely be buying more. Yum.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. KT  |  January 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    My daughter cant eat tomatoes, so we use beets to make a wonderful un-tomato sauce!

  • 2. Liz  |  January 17, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful photo!

  • 3. bleachusd  |  January 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t like beets… but I’ve never seen this kind. How would you compare the taste of these to other beets?

  • 4. Natalie  |  January 18, 2009 at 2:41 am

    I also love!!!! beets. Julie (reflexologist) told me I need to eat lots of beets and since I have been craving them….beets it is!

  • 5. jessica  |  January 18, 2009 at 6:53 am

    i learned to like beets roasted with onions and sweet potatoes… a beautiful introduction for those who might be weirded out by them like i was for no real good reason πŸ™‚ their color fascinates me, too!

  • 6. Laura Reaux  |  January 21, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    You know, I’ve never bought beets. Isn’t that crazy? The farm happened to have some today on my weekly visit (they only sell on Wednesdays), so I picked some up. Can’t wait to try them! Pretty picture. πŸ™‚

  • 7. Tanya  |  February 11, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Okay, I’m a bit late on catching up but …Yum! I’m into a beet feast too at the moment! (We call them in beetroot in Australia)
    Here’s a couple of my favourites..
    *Grated raw with equal amount of carrot.
    *Add a goodly portion (one medium cooked beetroot) to your
    homemade hummous.
    *Add grated beetroot to a chocolate muffin recipe – or the 6 minute vegan choc cake recipe (Moosewood) – okay it might be 8 minutes by the time you grate the beetroot!….the colour is great!

  • 8. corky  |  February 27, 2009 at 10:26 am


  • 9. Jolene  |  March 6, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Thinly sliced on a sandwich in place of meat is fantastic too.


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