– As well as food, beets can be used for food coloring and medicine
– You can eat both the dark red vegetable part and the green leafy part
– Beets are closely related to swiss chard
– Due to food shortages in Europe after World War 1, mangelwurzel disease developed which is a consequence of eating only beets
– Beets can grow to be over a pound if left unharvested, but they lose taste as they grow larger
– There are red, yellow-orange, and white varieties of beet
Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens
Makes 4 servings
1 bunch of beets with greens
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped onion (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C).
2. Wash the beets thoroughly, leaving the skins on, and remove the greens.
3. Rinse greens, removing any large stems, and set aside.
4. Place the beets in a small baking dish or roasting pan, and toss with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. If you wish to peel the beets, it is easier to do so once they have been roasted.
5. Cover, and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until a knife can slide easily through the largest beet.
6. When the roasted beets are almost done, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
7. Add the garlic and onion, and cook for a minute.
8. Tear the beet greens into 2 to 3 inch pieces, and add them to the skillet.
9. Cook and stir until greens are wilted and tender.
10. Season with salt and pepper.
11. Serve the greens as is, and the roasted beets sliced with either red-wine vinegar, or butter and salt and pepper.