Beets, they look pretty but do they taste as good as how they look? Let’s read about it.
Beets have been around since the ancient Middle East era and mainly, because of their leaves; but sooner their roots were cultivated by the Romans. The beetroot has been known to be used to help digestive problems ever since the Middle Ages and even became a first-aid solution for blood conditions.
And by being known to be a root crop, a lot has been avoiding eating it, as they have given a hint that it may taste just as how it was grown, which is that, earthly and “dirt”-like the taste.
Raw Beets Taste
To start with, let’s find out how beets taste when raw. Since it is grown underground, the earthly taste is caused by an organic compound, “geosmin” which is made by microbes found in the soil (fret not, geosmin may be a kind of bacteria but it isn’t toxic so it’s not harmful at all).
Also, one should note that the taste and smell is natural, as humans are sensitive to the bacteria of which is why they easily react to it. Aside from beets, lettuce, mushrooms, and spinach are plants that are also rich in geosmin.
But one has to note that the preparation of beets can actually affect how it tastes. That’s why most chefs use it as a garnish for their salads due to its natural coloring (that deep purple coloring is definitely appetizing), and additional perks for it, is its health benefits. In other places, different recipes are exclusively done with beets as the main ingredient, either placed raw, or cooked, or even roasted.
Cooked Beets Taste
How can you lessen the eccentric taste of beets? Here are some tips and tricks for how you can prepare and cook your beets.
The very first thing one should do when preparing their beets is to make sure that the beets, they have chosen are the best. Make sure that it is clean, and prepared allocated.
And to ensure such, one must note the following: 1) avoid the spongy and soft beets as they may have been lying around the grocery for so long already, and definitely choose the firm ones; 2) find beets with dark green leaves; 3) store them directly in the fridge after cleaning thoroughly with running water until you are ready to use them; 4) lastly, rinse the beets properly before peeling it for salad use or cooking.
And if you are going extra on your beet recipes, and not just mainly use it in salads or juices, then creativity will help you. To start with, try to get rid of the earthy taste of the beets through some different cooking methods.
Firstly, you can roast your beets so that you can bring out the sweetness of it deep within, and the results will shock you as it can come out with a potato-like texture with a hint of tenderness. Secondly, you can also boil your beets if you want to save much time as it is the fastest way to cook your beets, and also the easiest one!
Boiling it can lead to a softer texture, and also a lesser strange taste of which you can use for various recipes. Lastly, steaming your beets can be another method to cook your beets, but the earthly taste may still be present and in order to lessen that professionals say that adding some coconut oil into it may lower the strange flavor.
Beets, in general, is such a versatile crop as it can be used from its roots to its greens. It can be eaten, juiced, and even can be used for medicinal purposes! That’s why you can use it from every part of it, making it such a useful plant.
This plant also has a lot of nutritional value as it is known to be low in calories, but totally rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and with beta-carotene, folic acid, iron, and potassium. Thus, adding it to your diet truly is a great idea!