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Published on September 07, 2016

Farmers' Market Fresh Item

Week 19: Beets

All About It:

BeetsJust beet it! Beets can be found in Minnesota gardens from July through the end of October. Beets can be eaten raw in salads, steamed or pickled. If you are making Indian food at home, you can also cook them in with your favorite curry sauce.

Preparing them is similar to carrots. Scrub and wash the exterior and then peel the skins. Then take the remaining inside part of the root and cut it to your desired thickness.

Beets are a good source of folate (Vitamin B9) – which is good for the heart and lowers your risk of stroke. Pregnant moms should love folate too, because it plays a vital role in helping to develop the spinal cords and brains of babies during the early stages of pregnancy.

There’s one other compound in beets that’s famous. Betanin is the compound responsible for giving beets their color – and after some people eat beets it causes their urine to turn red too. This condition, beeturia, is perfectly normal. But it can be quite alarming.

Don’t just throw away the beet greens either! Include them as part of a salad. They are a rich in anti-oxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Recipes:

Winter Salad with Roasted Beets and Citrus Reduction Dressing

Savory Beet Soup

Dark Chocolate Red Velvet Cupcakes

Fresh Food Links:

MFMA: Find a Farmers' Market Near You

Minnesota Grown

University of Minnesota Extension: Growing Carrots and Other Root Vegetables in the Garden