|Beetroot (Beta Vulgaris)
Beetroot is a personal favourite of ours, packed full of goodness, they grow well again in light well-drained soil.
We grow ‘globe’ beetroot using a variety called ‘Pablo’.
Evolved from wild sea beet it was originally cultivated by the Greeks and red beetroots were developed by the Romans. The rounded root shape of today’s varieties was not developed until the 16th Century.
Beetroot is a rich source of carbohydrates, protein and has high levels of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. Betalins, a type of anti-oxidant, are found in large quantities in beetroot. It is also an excellent source of folic acid, therefore recommended for women who are pregnant. Recent research has also shown it can lower blood pressure and reduce blood cholesterol. It is also virtually fat free and low in calories. Perhaps the only other thing to mention is that the red pigment passes (harmlessly) through the digestive system so don’t be alarmed!
Did you know?
Beetroot contains betaine, a substance that relaxes the mind and is used to treat depression.