How To Grow Beet Tops

How To Grow Beet Tops

One cup of boiled beet leaves has 39 calories and no fat. When served as a side dish, this makes an excellent accompaniment to a low-fat and low-calorie meal.

Medicinal and Nutritional Benefits

Studies have found the positive effects beet juice can have on human exercise and performances. In studies conducted by Exeter University, scientists found cyclists who drank a half-litre of beet juice several hours before setting off were able to ride up to 20% longer than those who drank a placebo of blackcurrant juice

Culinary Uses

Beat Tops are great cooked or tossed in a salad. Beet greens are not used as much as some other greens and are often needlessly discarded. Yet, you might find them even more enjoyable than many popular greens – young beet leaves are full of flavor. When the leaves are tiny, they make a delicious addition both in terms of nutrition and flavor. Add it to a curry instead of spinach or in a frittata, like you would silverbeet. The greens and the stems are edible, and make a great substitute for any green such as spinach, swiss chard, and bok choy. You can juice them (younger beet leaves are best because of lower oxalic acid than older leaves) add them to soups, like you would spinach, kale or silverbeet or just sauté them with some garlic and herbs to have as a side.

Fun Fact

McDonalds restaurants in Australia had to change their menus because Australians insist on a few slices of beet on their burgers.

The consumption of beets causes pink urine in some people.