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Using Beets

Description:

There are many varieties of beets, red, sugar, pink and cream colored beets. They are high in calcium, potassium and phosphorus. The greens are also edible and high in nutrients.

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Uses:

Beets can be eaten in many ways: raw, steamed, baked, in desserts and in salads. The greens can be steamed or used in a stir fry.

Recipes:

Buying fresh:

Must be firm and free of blemishes or any mold.

Storage:

Do not wash until just before you use them. Cut off all but one inch of the greens. Moisten a paper towel and wrap the greens in it and put in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, good for a couple days. Make sure the bulbs are dry before storing in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 1-2 Weeks.

Preparation:

As for any vegetable or fruit you should wash before eating. Peel before eating raw. You can peel before or after baking or steaming.

Interesting Facts:

If eaten on a regular basis may prevent cancer. Ancient civilizations were known to harvest beets for medicine along the Mediterranean sea.

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March 6, 20080 found this helpful

WoW - There are just a few things that I won't eat - and beets are one of them. Now if I make the cake, I can take them off my "won't eat list"!! Thanks

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March 6, 20080 found this helpful

My mother always sliced beets and put them on the tray with cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, etc.; right next to the veggie dip. I'm not much of a beet eater, but raw beets with dip are awesome!

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March 9, 20080 found this helpful

Are the greens edible? Can you cook them like spinach?

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Anonymous
March 4, 20160 found this helpful

I always keep one extra can of beets on hand and try to eat with most of my dinners

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