Ever heard of a food item that promises health and exhibits an exciting play of flavour and colour on our plates? We speak of a humble vegetable that boasts of its unparalleled taste, irresistible ruby-red colour and is loaded with nutrients. Beetroot is much more than just a vegetable, it easily fits into your culinary adventures and when added to preparations, it brings alive even the most mundane affairs.
Bundled with health benefits
The Radiant beetroot has been identified as a superfood due to its immense nutritional value. According to health experts, regular consumption of beetroot can benefit our health in a multiple ways. It's low in calories (45 calories per 100 gm.) and has almost negligible fat content. Not only this, it helps reduce blood pressure and aids in the production of red blood cells. Beetroot is an excellent source of iron and is great for maintaining healthy hemoglobin levels. It has anti-ageing properties and assists in maintaining glowing skin and lustrous hair. It is also believed to inhibit cancer cell mutation, prevent DNA damage, boost metabolism and strengthen the digestive system.
How to Buy
While buying beetroot, go for small and firm ones with a dark ruby blush. The vegetable should have an unblemished surface with bright hued leaves and an intact taproot. Avoid hairy taproots as they are indicative of the veggie being old and tough. To ensure freshness, buy the ones that are attached to their leaf stems. Since its leaves are also edible, they can be used in a variety of recipes.
How to store
Store it in a cool and dry place, ideally refrigerated for 7-10 days. For an enduring storage, the leaves need to be cut 2 inches from the root.
Tip: To ensure that the nutrients and colour of the beetroot remain intact, do not remove its skin before boiling it. Once cooked, rub off the skin under cold running water.
So, what are you waiting for? You now have enough reasons to be munching on this ruby delight. Chomp and toss it in garden fresh salads or make a wholesome, filling beetroot soup; from curries, sandwiches, to dips, chutneys and even desserts - beetroot is fairly versatile, you may cook it as you please.