You just never see many beets as they’re usually hiding out in the ground. Cooks seldom serve them and actually they aren’t even talked about much in the vegetable world. But, we love them here and pull them out of the ground to make their appearance on the dinner table often.
Beets have been around since the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In fact, they were supposedly growing in the
Hanging Gardens of , one of the wonders of the ancient world. Babylon
In the vegetable world, beets have the highest sugar content, but have only 75 calories per cup. They are loaded with vitamins and have many health benefits, such as combating acidosis, normalizing blood pressure, detoxifying the liver, having healing powers for gastric ulcers and gout and aiding constipation. Regarding anemia: the high iron content in beets regenerates red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. And should you suffer from dandruff, mix a little vinegar to a small cup of beet juice. Massage it into your scalp; leave it on for an hour and rinse. Do this daily and the dandruff will soon disappear but you will smell awful!
Once you’ve tasted fresh beets at their peak in summer and early fall, you will enjoy their good taste and sweetness. They can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted or sautéed but our favorite way of enjoying them is boiled and served with a horseradish sauce. This is a simple recipe that’s full of flavor!
Beets with Horseradish
2 teaspoons butter
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons horseradish, white prepared
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place beets into a deep saucepan and cover with water.
Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Turn the heat down to medium and cook 25-50 minutes until fork tender.
The cooking time depends on the size of the beets.
Pull skin off and slice. Set aside.
In a skillet, melt butter.
Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
Place beets in skillet and toss to coat.
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