Here is Tom Robbins on beets: “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.” I’m convinced, are you?
But, wait, I do want to say a few more things. Mainly about the health benefits of beets (but also some of the cautions!). Studies have shown that beets can help with heart health, reducing dementia, improving diabetes, assisting with digestion (all that fiber!) and even helping improve muscle performance during exercise. And they are a vitamin and mineral powerhouse, with lots of potassium, calcium and Vitamin D. But, there is concern that their high levels of oxalates can be a challenge if you are prone to kidney stones or gout, so be careful. And don’t freak out if you see red in the toilet after lots of beets!
And oh, the recipes! Here are three collections of them—you can see that the range is truly unbelievable!
So, whether from a farmer’s market, a supermarket, or your garden, make a deadly serious plan to try some beets sometime soon!
More reading on this most intense of vegetables:
–The beginning of Jitterbug Perfume, by Robbins, with additional beet musings
—Beet history—the Romans thought they had aphrodisiac qualities! Do you?
–A Viking re-enactor attempts to dye wool with beets
— How to make beet sugar at home (it’s pretty easy!)
—Beat It! (sorry if that’s now an earworm for you)
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