So many people don’t know that beet greens are edible. I once didn’t know too😄. But hey, beet greens are such a gift from God. They are true blessing to humankind. But why are most people ignorant of this? Why didn’t I know for a long time?
Fact is, beet greens are more nutritious than the beetroot itself. Sounds unbelievable right? But that is pure truth.
Beet Greens are great source of fibre. This is just one point.
You know something has been telling me that beet greens should be edible. Whenever I see beets on sale I always admire the greens so much. I keep telling myself that these greens look even better than the roots, haha. One day I summoned the courage to ask one of the vendors in the local market and she said yes, they’re edible. But I didn’t totally believe her. I prolly thought she’d wanted to sell her market, lol.
On getting home, I decided to ask Google. Lo and behold, I was alarmed by all the nutritional value. I learnt in addition to my first point that beet greens:
✓supply good amounts of protein, phosphorus and zinc
✓are packed with antioxidants
✓are high in magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese
✓are low in fat and cholesterol
✓are high in vitamins B6 and K especially- the vitamin K in beet greens contain blood clotting properties which helps to ward off osteoporosis. It works with calcium to boost bone strength.
And since learning these I have incorporated them into my family diet. My eight-year-old daughter loves it.
Beet Greens are similar in texture to spinach so it has high water content like spinach. However, it has a higher iron content and like I mentioned before it also has a higher nutritional value than the beetroot itself.
Preparing beet greens is not something to go to culinary college about. It’s quite simple. Easy to prepare just like spinach. Stir fry, toasting, adding into sauces, it’s your choice. It could be a side dish or main dish, however it’s convenient for you.
Below is one of the best ways I like to have beet greens, fresh from the farm.
Beet Greens(chopped coarsely)
Onions and peppers(blended together)
Little Palm oil(or vegetable oil)
Salt to taste
Note: use your discretion for quantities
(This is a side dish)
>Heat oil over moderate to low heat in a pan.
>Add blended onions and peppers. Fry until the aroma is released.
>Add chopped green peppers and stir.
> Then add the beet greens. Stir.
You notice that the water is released so you don’t need to add any more water. Once the leaves are tender turn off the heat.
Serve as a side to any dish of your choice.
It’s sooo delicious 😋😋.
Do let me know if you tried this.