Beet Greens??? Yes , you can eat the greens of beets and they are tender, mild, and delicious. Where do you buy beet greens?????
The only way I've ever seen beet greens has been attached to organic beets.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't know you could eat the greens , and I used to cut them off and throw them away!!
Who knew the green tops were not only edible, but are really delicious and nutritious. They contain a good amount of Vitamin A , Beta Carotene and Lutein ( all excellent nutrients for healthy eyes) . And these mild tasting greens are low in calories.
So, Now when I buy beets, I look forward to also eating the greens.
To prepare the greens, I simply wash them, chop them, and saute them in a little olive oil spray. They wilt quickly and are ready in minutes. I don't even season them; they don't seem to need any seasoning. They are tender and mild tasting, and like spinach, they cook down to 1/4 their original size.
With just one purchase, you will have 2 vegetables for the price of one: The beets and the Beet Greens! I only buy organic beets for 2 reasons.
- Regular beets ( as opposed to organic) are usually Genetically Modified (very very scary) see article..
- Secondly- organic beets are free of most pesticides.
So next time you buy beets, buy organic and save and saute the beet greens. It makes sense and they are a real treat!
Additional Beet Recipes:
a simple recipe for the oranges and beets in this post.
Beet and Orange Salad
Once you turn on the oven to roast vegetables, you can dream up all kinds of mixtures. One of my favorites is this sweet combination of roasted acorn squash, cranberries, apple, and beets. Perfect anytime of the year, but especially in the winter or fall when acorn squash is plentiful.
Winter Squash and Roasted Beets
Finally, beets make a delicious cold or hot soup. Mixed with sour cream or Greek yogurt, this rich red soup turns a delicate hue of pink.,, borscht is the soup of longevity according to my Russian ancestors who lived into their 90's and my grandmother lived to 107!! all Eating borscht- a traditional Russian soup.
|Homemade borscht |
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