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Beets Me! A Guide to the Humble (but delicious!) Beetroot

09/21/2018 - 08:48

Beets Me! A Guide to the Humble (but delicious!) Beetroot

Beetroots are as Aussie as other iconic staples like Vegemite, Pavlova and Tim Tams. Aside from their controversial placement in a burger, beets are a great, colourful addition to ordinary meals.
This month, let’s dive into the wonderful world of beets!


Health benefits of beets

Beets are choc-full of great health benefits.
A nice combination of carbs, fiber and vitamins and minerals, beets are part of the FODMAPs group.
Beets are high in folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C meaning they’re great for reducing blood pressure, immune function, skin health and great for your keeping your heart nice and healthy.
You can read more about the health benefits in detail here

Different Types of Beetroots

Did you know that there are different coloured versions of Beetroot?
In addition to the usual bright fuchsia beets, there are yellow and orange varieties while some are striped like candy canes on the inside.
The red beets are the most popular, and are usually the first thing that pops into our minds when we think of beets. Red beets tend to keep really well – the longer they are stored, the less tender and more sweeter they become!
The orange beets aren’t as sweet as their red counterparts, and tend to have a softer flavour. The best part is that they don’t stain everything and add a nice pop of colour to roasts!
Chioggia beets look like the usual red beets on the outside but are just a bit of a duller red. The key difference is they have the lovely white and yellow swirl on the inside that disappears when you cook them.


How to pick them

If the beets still have the leaves attached, then they’re still very fresh. If they’re still covered in dirt, that’s even better. Look for beets with a smoother skin that are hard – they’re the best to pick. Beets that have soft spots, cuts or ‘flabby skins’ are not ideal.
Size does matters – and there is a difference between big and small beetroots.


Baby beets:

  • Are quite tender
  • Tend to cook faster than bigger beets
  • Are great to serve raw in salads
  • Have a finer texture than bigger beets

Medium beets:

  • Are great for most cooking uses

Large Beets:

  • Tend to have woodier tones
  • Are tougher to cook


How to store beets

Beets are best kept in the fridge, loosely wrapped in a plastic bag and are said to last for up to 10 days.
Ensure that there is at least an inch of the stem attached when storing them as it’ll help reduce moisture loss. The exception is baby beets – they are better stored with all their leaves. Also, the leaves from baby beets can be cooked too!
It’s best not to wash them until you’re ready to cook them.


How to prepare beets

Beetroots are great for roasting, sliced in burgers (the Aussie way!), raw in salads, and make for great, healthy dips!