Bigging Up Beets, Real Men Sow Beetroot Week and a Brilliant Beety Website
In my September Veg Growing Money Saving review, I commented on how little beetroot I’d eaten this year. I don’t know why I haven’t eaten much, as it is a favourite in my house, and all the rows I’ve planted have done well.
My lack of beetroot love left me feeling a little guilty, so to try and make up with one of my favourite allotment crops, I’ve decided to big up the beetroot.
Ar £3.50 per kilo for this chunky veg in the shops, a few more beets would certainly have contributed to increased savings this year, but I don’t think that’s the best thing about growing beetroot.
Easy to Grow
For me, beetroot’s crop return to faff ratio is its greatest strength. The seeds are big and easy to handle, so make for simple sowing. And from then, I reckon you could almost leave them.
They require a little watering while at seedling stage, but then they just seem to grow, whatever the conditions. I don’t thin them either, leaving the stronger beets to push the small ones out the way. I then eat the small ones as sweet little baby beets.
Beets are also really good for us, and are thought to reduce blood pressure.
Of course, they’re delicious too, although in the past I have often found myself just boiling and pickling for the winter. I have become more adventurous though, and enjoyed delights such as Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s beetroot and walnut hummus and beetroot burgers from the Nordic Diet.
Real Men Sow Beetroot Week & LoveBeetroot.co.uk
So, this week is going to be Real Men Sow Beetroot Week, and with the help of a cracking website I was put on to by Mary Mayfield on Twitter, I’m going to try a different beetroot recipe every day.
Every so often you stumble across a really great site, and Love Beetroot is just that. There is a history of the veg, more info on its health benefits plus fun beety facts like Warwickshire County Cricket Club winning the county championship while on the Beetroot Diet.
However, the best bit by far are the stunning looking recipes. There is everything from starters and dips; salads, soups and sarnies to mains and desserts.
I’ve grabbed myself a few beets to try the beetroot and goat’s cheese tart tomorrow, and I’m also aiming to attempt the beetroot risotto, beetroot pizzas, as well as the incredibly tempting American style beetroot pie.
There are some apples laying around too, which will be perfect for a batch of the beetroot and onion chutney.
Many thanks to Love Beetroot, I can’t wait to try out the recipe ideas. It should be a good week.