You just purchased a bunch of beets and have great plans for the quirky beetroot, but what the heck do you do with the greens? There are so many scrumptious and creative ways to use those delicious and nutritious greens.
One of the most common questions we receive (here in the land of beets) is, “What can I do with beet greens?” The answer: “What can’t you do with beet greens?” Well- they probably wouldn’t taste that spectacular in brownies or ice cream, although we have no doubts that we could somehow disguise them. However, beet greens are incredibly diverse and can be sauteed with olive oil and garlic as a side-dish, steamed and added to soups, blended in smoothies, and even baked like chips.
Guess what? Beet greens are both tasty AND healthy. Similarly to other dark leafy green vegetables (kale, chard, and spinach), beet greens are super duper nutritious! Most people are familiar with the beetroot portion of the beet, but historically, beet greens were consumed more abundantly than the root. It is believed that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used beet leaves to heal wounds as he believed that juice from the leaf bindings helped aid the healing process. Today, beet greens are usually consumed rather than topically applied, but they still contain superhero health benefits. Beet greens are packed with minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins for aiding eye health, detoxifying the liver and colon, strengthening bones, and boosting the immune system.
Before discarding the vibrant leaves atop the beetroot, check out these 15 creative beet greens recipes offering delicious inspiration for you to consider (and drool over). What are your favorite ways to eat beet greens? Comment below.