Chia seeds, quinoa, kale, coconut water...they've all hit the spotlight as trendy superfoods thanks to their antioxidant and vitamin content. I'm predicting that beet greens are going to be one of the up-and-comers on the super food list!
I used to just cut off the greens, toss them into the compost bin, and eat the beets. Then one day I started to wonder...are they edible?? It turns out they not only are edible, they are overflowing with healthy goodness - what great news! When I buy beets, now its like a BOGO sale: Buy the beets and get another meal with the beet greens for free!
In terms of health benefits, beet greens are brimming with Betanin, which is an antioxidant, helps detox the body, and is an anti-inflammatory. They're also loaded with vitamin K which helps regulate blood clotting, vitamin A and Iron. What's not to love? The website whfoods gives great insight and details on the health benefits and is my go-to for learning more about all the fruits and veggies.
In the garden, as beets are growing (so easy, read more about how to grow beets from kitchen scraps and in containers from these other posts), you can harvest the greens as you need them. The roots, or the traditional beets, keep growing just fine. And in the meantime, we get a garden full of lush greens that are ready to eat all summer long.