Beetroot, with its sweet earthy flavour and deep red colour is a well known source of nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins.
Use juiced, baked, roasted, boiled, steamed, shredded, pickled, made into relish or added to stir fry and salads.
Beetroot Leaves (greens), are also tasty, bursting with goodness and are a great addition to our daily diets. Beet leaves are similar to the flavour and texture of chard or spinach and are eaten the same way.
Add raw beet leaves to salads and juiced in smoothies, boiled or sauté leaves as a side, or throw into soups. Beet leaves are also delicious when tossed with pasta, layered in lasagne or added to scrambled eggs and omelettes. Store bagged in the fridge.
10Kg Beetroot bag
400g Beetroot bag
1. Beetroot is one of the richest sources of Folate. Folate, or Folic acid, is a B vitamin (B9) needed daily to support healthy cell growth. Also for a healthy pregnancy folic acid is important in the unborn baby’s development and prevents several types of birth defects.
2. Beetroot contains soluble fibre (roughage), helping to lower cholesterol and promote good intestinal health. Glycaemic Index (GI) of 64 which makes it ‘medium’ on the index.
3. Beetroot contains important minerals including – a good source of Potassium, one of the main electrolyte sources in our body which keeps us alive – and Manganese, which helps your body to process key nutrients such as biotin, which plays a role in lowering blood sugar levels, and Thiamin is also processed by your manganese source.
4. Beetroot has an abundant source of Betaine, essential for the liver to function properly, both cleaning and preventing the build up of fatty acids. Proper liver function breaks down fats, supporting weight loss, and preventing fatigue and nausea. Betaine is also important for cardiovascular health, preventing some artery diseases.
5.Beetroot is full of Antioxidants – Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beetroot its strong deep red colour, and is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, help lower cholesterol, protecting artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. Antioxidants also help to cleanse the gall bladder, kidneys and spleen.
The anti-oxidants found in beetroot can aid the prevention of cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by helping to reduce the number of free radicals in the body.
6. Beetroot, especially Beetroot Juice can significantly lower high blood pressure (hypertension), research has shown.
Beetroot are highly beneficial included with a variety of fruit and veg in your diet.
Variety Grown Pablo
Appearance Dark purple skin, firm flesh
juiced, baked, roasted, boiled, steamed, shredded, pickled, made into relish, added to stir fry and salads.
Refrigerate in plastic bags. Trimmed, beetroot will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
Beetroot are messy to handle, their rich deep red juice will stain your hands. Gloves are recommended to be worn while preparing.
Beetroot are often regarded as a “Superfood”, see left its range of health benefits.
Beetroot is available all year.