Beets – under used healthy, easy to grow vegetable

OK, beets are not everyone’s favorite vegetable. However they are a good healthy choice for your family and are an easy to grow root vegetable.

Beets are versatile. Raw, baked, broiled, boiled or pickled. Beets can do it all.
One of the Healthiest and Easiest Ways of Cooking beets in only 15 minutes. Cut medium size beets into quarters without removing the skin. Steam and serve as a vegetable side dish or as a addition hot or chilled to your favorite salad. Don’t over cook beets.

Beets are Easy to grow and do double duty in the kitchen, producing tasty roots for baking, boiling or sautéing and fresh greens to boil, steam or eat raw in salads.

Beet Germination temperature: 50 F to 85 F – Beets will still germinate at soil temperatures as low as 40 F and as high as 90 F.
The wrinkled “seedball” usually contains two to four viable seeds, making it necessary to thin plants to 3 to 4 inch spacing if you plan to harvest young, small roots, or 6 inch spacing to grow larger roots.

Days to emergence: 5 to 8. However it may take two or three weeks in cold soils.
Begin thinning when seedlings are about 4 to 5 inches tall, and eat the plants you cut when thinning. Cut rather than pull plants when thinning to avoid disturbing roots of other plants. Days to harvest about 60 to 70 days.

Unlike most root crops, beets can be started inside or in cold frames and transplanted into the garden. Beets tolerate average to low fertility. Too much nitrogen will encourage top growth at the expense of root development. For root crop use a NPK 5-10-5 or 10-20-10 type fertilized.
I realize many are not real found of beet, but they are a healthy, easy to grow vegetable.
** Hint: If growing mostly for the beet greens(tops) use a NPK 10-5-5 or similar fertilizer.

Best top color and flavor develop under cool conditions and bright sun. When beets mature in warm weather, they are lighter colored, have less sugar and have more pronounced color zoning in the roots. Fluctuating weather conditions produce white zone rings in roots.

Hint: To prevent beets bleeding(losing their color) when cooking. Leave the skin, root stem and 1/4 inch of the tops attached to the root top. Remove before serving or let your family eat or remove the remaining top and root.

Think healthy before you snack.

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9 responses to “Beets – under used healthy, easy to grow vegetable

  1. I am in Southern Ontario, Canada. Thank you for the tip of starting beets indoors, I always have very poor sprouting, but this way I might get better control to give them a head start. Also thanks for the fertilizing guides; I usually get very healthy tops (which are great) but smalish bulbs, so I will try more Potassium and less Nitrogen.

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  2. I like beets and know they are healthy for you. I didn’t know about eating the greens also. Good information to know about growing. One of my favorite authors, Tom Robbins, wrote about beets in his book, “Jitterbug Perfume.” Here is one passage you might enjoy:

    “The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.

    Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.

    The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…

    The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.

    The beet was Rasputin’s favorite vegetable. You could see it in his eyes.”
    ― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

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  3. I love beets! But cannot eat a lot of them. I love the easy way you can make them. My fav is to boil them, take the outer hide off and then chill them. Later mash them into small lumps, add a little horseradish, mix well and you have a tasty relish. I also like to take hard-boiled egg yolks and add them to that mixture. Make deviled eggs with a scoop of that mix! Yum! and it’s pretty in pink!

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  4. Is there any vegetable, or even any meat that is everyone’s favorite ? There are all kinds of meat products that the average person will not touch. There are even one or two that I am not too crazy about. And with that let’s go back to beets. Can I borrow Tony Tiger for a moment ? Yup they are great. Bring them on. There are plenty of ways to enjoy them. And don’t skip the beets and horseradish combination. Yum.

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  5. I love beets but can’t grow them. I think maybe our soil is too acidic.

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  6. The leaves can be used instead of grape leaves in any recipe that calls for grape leaves, like Greek dolmas. Not all of us fortunate enough to have access to grape leaves but beets grow just about anywhere.

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