Oldest archaeological proofs that we used beetroot in ancient times were found on the Neolithic site of Aartswoud in the Netherlands dating back to 3000BC. The beet evolved from the wild Seabeet, which is perhaps why Beta vulgaris, in the same family as Spinach and Chard, was originally prized for its leaves, and not for its root.
Back in a day, Beets were consumed more for their medicinal properties, mainly as laxative or fever relief. Interestingly enough, beet was once considered an aphrodisiac by the Romans together with figs, strawberries and asparagus. But funny or not, beet can be considered to be natures Viagra. Its high nitrate content increases the blood flow to the genital area; also, beet has high amount of baron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormone.
Nowadays the noble Beetroot is known as imposingly healthy root vegetable. Behind its earthy taste hide myriad of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants such as vit B3, B6, vit C, beta-carotene, magnesium, zinc, iodine, phosphor, calcium and iron.
Beet is perfect ingredient for your detox regime. It has high fiber content so its excellent for eliminating any toxins from your system. Beet is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Pickled, boiled or raw, grated over salads, chopped in soups or juiced, it’s all great but beetroot is exceptionally good oven roasted as it gets slightly nutty and sweet taste because it contains 10 – 12% Sucrose.
And don’t forget the Beet greens. Besides containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vit B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vit A, vit C, calcium, and iron. Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself.
Now that you know all that, does it inspire you to eat more beets?