Beets: Part II - Beet Greens

>>  Sunday, November 29, 2009

This post is part II of a two-part series on beets. The first part can be found here:
Most people have had beets in some form or another, even if it's not freshly roasted beets.  However, many people are unaware that the beet greens can be eaten too.  In fact, beet greens are more nutritious than the beet root.  They not only contain higher amounts of the same vitamins found in beet root, they also contain high amounts of other minerals, such as iron.  In fact, beet greens have more iron than spinach!
When you purchase beets with the greens attached, make sure to remove the greens and cook them relatively soon after purchase (3-4 days).  Otherwise, the leaves will continue to suck water and nutrients from the beet root, resulting in, eventually, a shriveled and not so pretty beet root.  If the greens are removed, beet roots can last for several weeks in the refrigerator.
You can treat beet greens like any other greens.  I just sauteed mine with some garlic and vegetable oil, Chinese style!  For some "Chinese style" ideas, check out these posts:

Sauteed Hollow Heart Vegetable
Mustard Greens with Garlic
Sauteed Pea Tendrils with Garlic


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