Let's Talk About Beets, Baby!
You either hate them or you love them, or so we hear from many of our patrons. Beets are one of those vegetables that have acquired a bad rap from popular culture over the years. Whether it’s the blood red color of the classic beet variety, the almost meat like texture, or the rich earthy taste, a lot of people turn their noses up at this royal root. However, folks that indulge in our infamous BBBGG (Bougie Beets Brie Goat Cheese and Granny Smiths) are often surprised at the depth of flavor and the sense of enjoyment they feel while chowing down on a beet sandwich!
So, let’s talk about the history of beets.
Beets have been around for a long long while! Dating all the way back to Ancient Greece where it was rumored that the goddess Aphrodite chowed down on beets to increase her appeal. The origins of the root in the US isn’t quite known, but beets are thought to have been brought over by colonists in the 18th century; the original beet appeared in Europe around 1500-1540 and is thought to have stemmed from a prehistoric North African root vegetable that more closely resembled a turnip. George Washington grew them at Mt. Vernon and Thomas Jefferson planted a patch at Monticello. Although climate dictates that beets grow more verily in the cooler climates of the north, southern cooking incorporated the soft nutritious leafy beet greens in dishes alongside collards and chard.
But, what is it that people find special about such a historic veg?
One of the reasons people don’t eat beets as much is because of the earthy taste. Why eat something that tastes like dirt? That earthy, just rained kinda taste comes from a organic compound called Geosmin produced by certain bacteria and it turns out that humans, as a species, are incredibly sensitive to it; hence the polar opinions regarding beets. Alongside this compound, beets offer a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins that are essential to the human diet. Rich in antioxidants (immune system), folic acid (important for pregnant ladies and fetal development), potassium (essential to the function of our nervous system) and fiber (important for healthy gastrointestinal activity), beets can help diversify our nutrient intake and improve our palates simultaneously! Not to mention, beets have historically been considered an aphrodisiac. These root vegetables contain a lovely cocktail of tryptophan, betaine, and boron- responsible for feelings of positive well-being and increasing sex hormones and sexual appetite.
So, we say, give beets a try! Our roasted and pickled beets will knock your socks off in more than one way. Packed with feel good nutrients and a rich history to boot, these beautiful bulbs will uplift you and leave you feelin' good ❤️