Beetroot : How to choose, store & prepare ?

The ‘beet’ as it is popularly known is the root of the beet plant, often called Beetroot. It is associated with a luminous pink or crimson stain and is known for its earthy tase. It is a versatile vegetable and has many lesser known varieties available in varying shades of red, orange & yellow.

Beetroot :How to choose, store and prepare them ?

How to choose Beets :

  • Look for smooth, hard, round beets.
  • The surface should be unbruised and free of cuts.
  • Avoid beets with soft, moist spots or shriveled, flabby skin.
  • The taproot, which extends from the bulbous part of the beet, should be slender.
  • When choosing your beets, pick equal-sized ones so that they will cook evenly.
  • If the leaves are attached, they should be small, crisp, and dark green.
  • If the beets have their leaves removed, be sure that at least a 1/2 inch of the stems and 2 inches of the taproot remain, or the color will bleed from the beets as they cook.

How to store Beets :

  • Beets can stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
  • To reduce moisture loss from beet roots, cut off the beet greens before storing.
  • Leave at least an inch of the stem attached. Do not wash beets before storing.
  • Baby beets stay fresh best with their greens intact, so don’t remove the greens from tiny beets.

How to prepare Beets :

It can color any dish, hence often paired with fish for its vibrant color. Beets can be used in :

  • chutney
  • coleslaw
  • detox drink
  • dehydrated dish
  • dessert/halwa/sweet dish
  • dip
  • hummus
  • puree
  • pickles
  • smoked dish
  • juice/ health drink
  • salad
  • stir -fry/ poriyal
  • sorbet
  • soups

Some of the links to my published Beetroot recipes are below for your interest :

For more tips on ‘How to Choose, Store & Prepare’ Seasonal Produce, check out the links below to my blog posts about them, then you will never have to wonder if you picked the right veggies for the week’s cooking .

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