#forgottenfruitandveg series – Beetroot Heads

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This feature is bought to you by Too Tasty to Throw (TTTT) – we are super excited to be partnered with this wonderful business to combat food waste. TTTT provides a market place for your favourite lifestyle branded cafes and food outlets to sell their surplus produce that would otherwise be thrown away as well as promote special food offers.

This weeks pick – Beetroot Heads. We usually opt for the loose beetroots during our shop instead of the beet-iful whole beets with the roots / stalks attached. Mainly, because we don’t know what to do with the stalks and they usually end up in the waste or compost bins.

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Certified Organic Beetroots – currently $5.95 / bunch in store. Photo: R. Rose

However, beetroot heads have so many benefits. These include:

  • Athletic endurance
  • Detoxifying effects
  • Boost gut health
  • Source of vitamin c, iron, copper and calcium

That all sounds great – but how do you use them in cooking? We are glad you asked, this is what we have found. With similarities to silverbeet and spinach, obvious uses include soups, stews and braising to add to salads. However you can be more creative!

Why not add some chopped beetroot heads to an onion and some garlic and any leftover vegetables you have in the fridge. Add some crumbled cheese (feta would work well) and a sprinkling of nuts and seeds and wrap in a flatbread or the like. Any remaining can be wrapped and taken to work for lunch the next day. A great recipe from something that would normally be binned.

And if you want to boost your gut health further and have a little more time, try this recipe, wait till you see the stunning colours of this dish: http://detoxdiy.com/probiotic-sauerkraut-recipe

Be sure to tag us & use the hashtag #forgottenfruitandveg so we can see how you are using this produce – together we can combat food waste!

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