Week 51: Golden Beets

1 Jan

Here it is, the new year, and I’m still finishing up my 52 new things to eat from last year. It’s not that I haven’t done the last two foods; i I just haven’t blogged about them yet because things have just been busy. So here goes week 51, two weeks late!

Photo from Specialty Produce

My friend Laura loves beets. Every time I see them at the store or on a menu I think of her. So when I saw golden beets at the grocery I decided I should give them a try and thank her for inspiring me.

Gold beets are available year round, but are most popular in the autumn. According to nutritionholistic.com, “the health benefits of golden beets (as well as other interesting varieties such as white beets and peppermint beets) are the same, or nearly the same as the health benefits of red beets.” Taste-wise, golden beets have a “milder, sweeter flavor than the more earthy red beets.” Unlike red beets, golden beets don’t contain anthycyanins, a beneficial antioxidant. But all beets are a good source of manganese, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorus, fatty acids, amino acids, and fiber.

Interestingly, beet greens are actually more nutritious than the beets, and have twice the potassium and are really high in beta carotene and folic acid. Another random fact is that beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable.

I wasn’t sure how to prepare the beets, but I ended up just tossing them and some brussels sprouts in olive oil and garlic and popping them in the oven for 20 minutes or so.

They were fantastic! I love brussels sprouts, but the highlight of this dish was totally and completely the beets. They were kind of sweet and had a much milder flavor than red beets.

So, thanks to Laura and her beet-love, I have a new vegetable that I love. Now to just get a little more interested in red beets. Maybe Laura has a recipe I could try…

One Response to “Week 51: Golden Beets”

  1. Laura January 4, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    i am so honored to have inspired your beet love! glad you enjoyed these… i recently came across candy-cane beets, which have red and white stripes, and also have a mellow/sweet flavor like the yellow ones. oh, also i actually have a recipe for red beet soup I will have to pass along to you! xo

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