Beetroot is a root vegetable with a distinctive purple flesh. It can be eaten raw, cooked, canned or pickled. The purple colour is due to the pigments betacyanin and betaxanthin, known collectively as betalins.
Are They Good For Me?
Beetroot contains folate, potassium and manganese. The green leafy tops are especially nutritious as they contain calcium, beta-carotene and iron. The antioxidant properties of betalins in beetroot may help decrease the risk of cancer. Beetroot purifies the blood and improves the circulation. It is a silicon rich vegetable which helps the absorption of calcium.
How Do I Store Them?
To store beetroot, trim the leaves 2 inches from the root as soon as you receive them. The leaves will sap the moisture from the beet root. Do not trim the tail. Store the leaves in a separate plastic bag and use within two days. The root bulbs should also be bagged and can be stored in the refrigerator crisper drawer 7 to 10 days.
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