Beets are sweet in nature.
You really have to give these red (not just red but yellow and orange as well as striped) beauties a chance. Beets are wonderful chopped onto a potato salad which adds a nice pinkish
color, or baked whole for an earthy, sweet treat into a cake, or roasted to bring out even more sweetness. Beets are very cleansing to the body and build strong blood. They strengthen the heart, sedate the spirit, improve circulation, cleanse the liver and gallbladder, (Try my Cleansing Cocktail
) moisten the intestines, and promote menstruation. Combined with carrots, beets regulate hormones during menopause. Anti-cancerous. High in silicon and iron making it great for those with Anemia.
Beet Greens are very different from beets and behave like another vegetable entirely. Their intense flavor goes perfectly with the sweetness of the beet root and they can often be served together. Very young beet greens can be eaten raw in salads, but mature beet greens must be cooked in order to soften their flavor. Be sure to cook the stems until nearly done, then add leaves and continue cooking, either steaming or sautéing. These edible leaves offer protein, calcium, fiber, beta carotene, vitamins A and C, and some B vitamins. Do cook uncovered over high heat, allowing some of the oxalic acid in the greens to escape, this is a good thing, since oxalic acid inhibits the absorption of calcium contained in the greens.