To start us off, let’s talk about one of my wife’s favorites, and one of the most versatile and healthy plants on the market. Beets. This is one of those plants where you can consume the entire thing, top to bottom – no waste! (okay, maybe not the stringy roots under the beet (the large bulb), but the rest is cool.)
Here’s a list of what you can do with each part.
There are many, many ways you can use beets. The list above is only for eating them. I hear they can be beneficial as part of your beauty products. Here’s one website that discusses that. If you a way that you use beets that I missed, please, comment below!
Now, let’s take a look at the health benefits of these beautiful, healthy root veggies.
Not bad, right? Not only that, but beets are fairly simple to grow in your own garden as well. They are a bit picky on the depth and looseness of the soil, and they are specific on the pH value as well, so you might want to test your soil and keep some phosphorous on hand. And make sure to thin them once they sprout, about 3” to 4” apart. Too many seedlings packed to tightly together will give you a bunch of small beets and very little stems/leaves.
If you have a late spring, you can always start them off indoors for 6 to 8 weeks. The seedlings do well either on a garden window or window sill that gets lots of afternoon sun, or under grow lights. And unless you live where you have a really early frost, it may be possible to get two crops each year, especially if you start the crops indoors.
That’s it for beets! Do you have a favorite fruit or vegetable that you’d like to learn more about, and maybe find a new way to prepare and enjoy them? Leave a comment below!