- KNOW YOUR VEG
its beautifully vivid dark reddish-purple colour,
beetroot has to be one of the most distinctive looking
vegetables. Related to the sugar beet and also known
simply as beet, it is naturally high in sugar and
has an earthy, sweet flavour with a hint of smokiness
and a velvety smooth texture when cooked. When buying,
look for firm, unblemished small to medium-sized beetroot
with crisp, fresh looking tops. Beetroot tops can
also be eaten the crinkly green leaves have an attractive
red stalk, cook and serve as for spring greens.
How To Use Beetroot
can be eaten raw or cooked. Tender baby beetroot
is the best choice if the beetroot is to be served
raw. Raw beetroot can be grated and included in
salads. Cooked beetroot can also be included in
salads, made into soups, such as the classic Eastern
European Bortsch, included in mixed roast vegetable
dishes or pickled in vinegar. Baked or boiled beetroot
can be sliced and tossed in butter and parsley or
dill and served as an accompanying vegetable. Mint,
horseradish, fennel and caraway all go well with
cooked or raw beetroot.
How To Prepare Beetroot
the beetroot thoroughly; taking care not to damage
the skin or the colour and flavour will bleed out
during cooking. Trim the root to about 2.5 cm from
the end and trim off any tops. If serving raw beetroot,
trim the roots and top off and peel using a sharp
knife or a vegetable peeler.
How To Cook Beetroot
can be boiled or baked. To boil, place the whole
prepared beetroot in a pan of cold, salted water,
bring to the boil and simmer gently for 1 - 3 hours
until tender, depending on size. The beetroot is
cooked when the skin slides off easily when rubbed.
Remove the skin before serving. To bake, preheat
the oven to 180C, gas mark 4, wrap the beetroot
in foil and bake for 2 - 3 hours according to size.
Remove the skin before serving.
How To Store Beetroot
in the fridge for up to 1 week.
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