Health Benefits of Beets

Health Benefits of Beets :: Five Little Homesteaders

photo of beets courtesy of Market Manager on flickr

Please tell me that y’all are eating and growing beets because if you’re not, then you are missing OUT.

Honestly, there is nothing like a fresh beet.  I’ve heard horror stories about canned beets…. if that is all you’ve ever had, then you need to try again with the fresh stuff.

And might I add that they are best when roasted?  Forget all that boiling nonsense!

They can also do AMAZING things for your health.  Just check out some of the health benefits in the picture above.

And you grow them, too, right?

For most of the United States, we’re coming up on beet season (though it has long been beet season in the desert southwest.)  Beets will germinate in cool soil but prefer soil that is above 50 degrees.

When planting beet seeds, plant them about 1/2 inch into the soil.  Each beet seed actually continues 2-3 seeds, so thinning is going to be necessary no matter how closely or far apart you plant your seeds.  Beets grow best when the air temperature is around 65 degrees, on average.

Need some recipes for beets?  Here are some that I dug up on the internet:

What to Do with Beets –

Beet Hummus –

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad –

Triple Beet Salad with Basil and Olive Oil –

Beet Kvass –

Now get out there and EAT YOUR BEETS!

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