Nebraska Farm to Preschool Toolkit

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Produce Seasonality, Crop Extension, and Storage Resource Guide for Nebraska

  • Seasonal Food Guide by State: https://www.seasonalfoodguide.org/

Beets

Photo credit: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/seasonal-produce-guide/beets

Beets are a popular root vegetable garden item in Nebraska. They come in a variety of shades of red, orange, yellow and white.  Beet tops are edible and are an excellent source of vitamin-A and vitamin-C.  The tops can be cooked or served fresh as a green for a salad. The roots are a good source of vitamin B complex, vitamin-C, and minerals such as iron, manganese and potassium. The roots can be boiled, steamed or roasted whole or cut into pieces.  Pickled beets for salads is a popular serving method.  Raw beets can be chopped or grated for salads, or used to make smoothies or juice.

When purchasing beets look for fresh leaves and smooth round hard bulbs. Smaller beets have more flavor. If you are purchasing them with the top greens intact, they should be removed and stored separately as they will continue to extract moisture from the root. When cutting the green tops off leave about an inch of the stalk.

Sources:

http://extension.illinois.edu/veggies/beet.cfm

https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/beets

https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/beets.html

 

Produce Pick Spotlight Recipes and Serving Ideas

Rosemary Beet Fries

Find the recipe at https://www.holleygrainger.com/rosemary-beet-fries/

 

Red Beet and Apple Salad

Find the recipe at https://eatfresh.org/recipe/side-dish/red-beet-and-apple-salad

 

Roasted Root Vegetables

Find the recipe at https://eatfresh.org/recipe/side-dish/roasted-root-vegetables

 

Beets, Beans, & Greens

Find the recipe at https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov/recipes/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap/beets-beans-greens

 

Roasted Beet Hummus

Find the recipe at https://minimalistbaker.com/roasted-beet-hummus/

 

Beet Pancakes

Recipe and How to Video at https://weelicious.com/2011/06/28/red-beet-pancakes/

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Updated May 22, 2019 1:46pm