Beetroots, or otherwise known as Beets, are popular root vegetables that originated in the Middle East. A quick look at its history: at first, it was being cultivated for its greens, but eventually, the plant’s root made its way to the kitchen table. It’s also popularly used for food coloring and medicinal purposes.
There are many varieties of beets, some coming from existing varieties. Most beetroot varieties have a deep crimson hue except for sugar beets which come as a conical white root crop. The sugar beet is mainly used as a source of sugar, starting in Poland, then spreading to France, as decreed by Napoleon. Soon enough, the production of sugar using sugar beets became more popular across the European and North American continents.
This root vegetable has a lot of health benefits. While it’s the vegetable with the highest sugar content, it’s a rich source of iron, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, B6, and C, and soluble fiber, and it’s full of antioxidants. The high concentration of nitrates in beets also helps keep the blood pressure in check. Recent studies have also shown that drinking beetroot juice helps improve athletic performance due to its nitrate content.
This beet spiced wedges recipe is a great starter or snack and can easily be served at parties at buffets. The spices lend a pungent kick to the earthy tones of the beetroot wedges. These also taste great with any dip or sauce. You can check out our sauces and dips here.
Beet Spices wedges
- 2 medium beetroots, skinned
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 whole cumin seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp brewers yeast
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F
In a bowl add all spices, brewer's yeast, and 2 tbsp of water.
Add the beetroot wedges and toss until there is a nice coat of spice covering all beetroot pieces. Season with salt.
Arrange them evenly on an oven tray.
Place in the oven for 20 min until done.
You can serve it with coconut cream or sauce of your preferences.
At a glance: Beetroots contain valuable nutrients, can help reduce blood pressure, as most vegetables also prevent cancer and inflammation, the vegetable sugar content in beets can aid to boost your stamina, which also supports detoxification. Beet greens are nutritious with nutrients that can help strengthen our immune system, supports brain and bone health. Beetroot is one of the vegetables with the highest sugar content.