Updated: Jun 1, 2021
How to Eat Beets
Beets are an excellent healthy food to include in your diet. They have many health benefits and can help with weight loss, heart disease prevention, and improving brain function. This blog post is all about beets: how they grow, what they look like when you're done growing them, how to eat them, and some of the nutritional information for this delicious vegetable!
Planting Beet Seeds
In the springtime (March or April) is when you can start planting your beets seeds. You should place them about an inch deep. Beet seeds should be planted in a group of three. They will grow well when sown together in a group. As soon as one beet has grown and been pulled away from the group planting another one will grow bigger.
Beets prefer a deep, dark soil to grow in. Rich loamy soil is perfect for them and if you have heavy clay soil they will be very unhappy beets! They also enjoy compost added to the ground as well.
Beets do best in open soil that drains well, and they don't like to sit in water for long periods of time. They also are not tolerant of heavy clay soils or salty soils. If you have a garden bed with too much clay, try planting beets elsewhere or add more organic matter (manure) to the top layer of your garden bed before planting them so they'll have better drainage.
Beets will not do well in acidic soils (pH less than about a pH of six). You can amend the soil by adding enough limestone to bring it up to a neutral or slightly alkaline level before planting. It is best if you add some lime to the plot when preparing it for beets and then keep them on that same surface after they're planted because changing their location would disrupt their root system again, which could damage them beyond repair.
Now we have an idea of what type of soil beet plants need to thrive! Let's move onto water requirements from here.
Watering requirements are simple: keep the area wet during hot dry weather but do not overwater your beets otherwise they may rot from rotting roots! Beets need lots of water and love to be watered from below. Break up the ground around them and give their roots a chance to grow deep into your soil. Be careful not to over-water though, as they don't like wet feet!
The most important part about growing healthy beets is sunlight exposure - without this vital nutrient, even if everything else goes perfectly with your beet plant, it will not grow well. Beets need a lot of sunlight to grow and thrive.
Growing Tips for Beets
Beets are a type of vegetable that you can plant in your garden but have to plan ahead for. They require specific types of soil and water conditions to grow properly.
There are two main planting options: from seeds or as transplants (the latter is more expensive). Transplants might not provide the same quality as those grown from an early start with seeds. Be sure to buy organic transplants that are raised in a greenhouse.
Beet seeds should be planted about an inch deep, with three to five seeds per group of soil. They can grow between 12-16 inches tall and require at least eight hours of sunlight each day. The fertilizer applied directly around the base of plants will help prevent nutrient depletion over time as it leaches through into deeper layers.
How to Eat Beets
My favorite way is to make a beet lovely beet juice that is so delicious!
To eat your fresh grown beets start by washing them off until the soil is removed. You can then cut off the top and bottom of each beet to remove the root (usually with a sharp knife).
Beetroots are often boiled before eating, but they may also be roasted, baked whole, mashed like potatoes if peeled first, puréed as baby food without peeling first, juiced raw, or cooked as pickled slices like cucumbers. Young seedlings can also just be pulled up out of the ground and eaten! They have a delicious taste similar to spinach when young - try one today!
Nutrition of Beetroots
Beetroots are a low-calorie food and contain no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. They also have an excellent amount of calcium (45 mg per 100g), iron (20% RDA), and magnesium (~15%). Beetroot is high in antioxidants such as betalain which helps to detoxify the body. Beetroots provide potassium, manganese, folate, and dietary fiber
- all essential nutrients for good health.
A beet is a root vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked and comes in several colors including yellow, red, purple, and green. They are high in vitamins A & C as well as copper which help the body produce collagen for skin elasticity while also fighting free radicals to prevent cancer cells from developing.
Beet greens contain lots of fiber- great for digestion! The leaves have been used medicinally since ancient times by many different cultures around the world because they improve blood circulation. Beetroots too offer plenty of these benefits but one other standout nutrient is betaine which actually helps your liver break down fats so you'll end up with more energy.
The beet contains nitrates that help control blood pressure by dilating blood vessels thus lowering your heart rate. Nitrates can be found throughout nature but they're most concentrated within certain vegetables like beets because it's easy for them to convert nitrogen from the air into nitrate using enzymes.
Beets are also rich in folate and dietary fiber, which help to lower cholesterol levels by reducing the amount of bile produced in the liver; this decreases its re-absorption into your bloodstream and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol while raising HDL (good) cholesterol.
Beetroots contain erythritol, an aromatic chemical that is being researched for potential benefits related to lowering risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases such as high blood pressure, vascular inflammation, or stroke caused by vessel rupture.
Eating beetroot can improve athletic performance because it's a natural source of nitrates which have been shown to raise hemoglobin concentration - meaning more oxygen is delivered throughout your body during physical activity like running or cycling so you'll be able to go longer without getting tired.
It's important to know how to grow beetroots, what their nutrition and health benefits are, and why you should have them included in your diet. This article has given all the information that you need about this unique root vegetable so now it's time for action! What have been some of your favorite beet recipes? Share with me below. I can't wait to hear from you!
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