Have you ever bought a fresh beet? They are so dull on the outside, but when you cut into them they are a bright pink-red color. And it looks like you are butchering something when you cut them. And no, they are not poisonous if you eat them raw.
Look at the knife… I immediately think of Dwight Schrute from The Office and his beet farm.
A few fun facts about beets:
- Beets contain the antioxidant betalains which are highly detoxifying as long as you don’t cook them to death.
- 10-15% of people pee a reddish color after eating beets and people with iron-related metabolism problems are more likely to experience this.
- Beets may help reduce tumor growth.
- Excellent source of folate and manganese.
- Beets were used as a source of sugar in the 19th century.
- The leaves are edible, but those prone to kidney stones should beware because the leaves are high in oxalates which may cause kidney stone formation.
- Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Roasted Beet and Pecan Salad
- Shredded Beet, Apple, and Currant Salad
- Grated Raw Beet Salad
I am not a big fan of beets. They are OK, but I wouldn’t choose to eat them unless they are shredded and pickled or have dressing. Mr Triathlete tried to use a beet when making homemade V8. Not sure that made a big difference. We still have the leftover beet sitting in the fridge (been sitting there for a while–probably has less antioxidants by now). I guess it’s time to make a salad out of it!
*Update on the beets:
Yesterday while bored and stuck in our small apt all day because of the ice and snow, Mr Triathlete decided to throw the rest of his failed V8 juice (made with beets) onto the snow:
It was hilarious. I think a bunch of dogs went up to it and tried to lick it. I wonder what the dogs’ owners thought it was. Looks gross.