Tuesday, September 30, 2008
With abundance of other vegetables in US Red beets are not as popular as they are in Russia or Ukraine. Beets however have a great nutritional and health benefits as they are loaded with antioxidant that helps the body against heart disease, certain cancer especially colon cancer and even birth defects. Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beets their red color; this pigment is responsible for its many health benefits. Red beets also contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals and low in calories, some featured on Food Network in Alton Brown's "Good Eats".
Mamas Recipes offer a variety of simple and delicious red beets recipes
Винегрет (Vinegret) - beet and potatoes salad. - common for a Russian festive dinner (shown in the photo above).
Hot Борщ (Borsch) - Traditional Russian Beet soup dating back to the end of 18th century.
Besides hot borsch you will find two other recipes; a traditional cold borsch recipe and the easy cold borsch version.