Availability: All Year Around
What to look out for
When buying beetroot try to look for the ones which still have the green stalks attached, since this can reveal the freshness of the product. Also, usually the best and more sweet beets are small and firm to touch with a deep maroon colour.
It’s important to avoid large beetroot with hairy taproot since it can be an indication of a tough, and woody centre.
There are basically two main way to perfectly store your beetroot, they are:
Fridge: You can store beetroot in the fridge for up to 3 months. Remove the green stalks from the top of the beetroot, then place the roots inside the coldest drawer wrapped by a perforated plastic bag.
Freezer: To freeze beetroot is very simple. Chop both ends of the root and place it in boiling salted water for about 25-35 minutes or until fork-tender. As soon as it’s done, place the beetroot to cool on an ice bath. Once cool, chop it according to your preference and place it in a freezer bag or airtight container. It can last up to a year in the freezer.
Compounds found inside beetroot such as Betaine, Ferulic Acid, Rutin, Kaempferol, and Caffeic Acid possess cancer fighting properties.
Supports Brain Health
Although more research is needed, Nitrates found in beetroot may increase blood flow to the brain and improve cognitive function.
Helps with Digestive Health
As beetroot is a good source of fibre, it may help the body with digestive health and reduces the risk of several chronic health conditions.
Improve Physical Performance
The consumption of beetroot may be linked to enhanced physical performance by improving oxygen usage inside the body and endurance. Therefore it may be a great natural supplement for athletes.
Lower Blood Pressure
As beetroot is rich in Nitrates, it can help to lower the blood pressure levels, thus leading to a reduce risk of heart diseases and strokes.