Oh, the Always Available Beet Greens
As I mentioned a few times before, I love growing beets for their greens. It is one of the easiest vegetables to grow. Simply buy a few beet roots from your favorite farmers market and plant them on rich, well drained soil about 6 inchez apart. Wait a couple of weeks and they will start giving you leaves.
The best ones for this purpose are the ones with already a few budding leaves at the top. If the top is shaved clean, it will still produce leaves ultimately, but it will take longer. I even tried cutting the top inch of the beets and planting the tops only. What you see here is proof that it works 😄
They are very delicious and nutritious. When you buy baby greens, you will often find beetroot greens there as well. They do well in salads, especially when they are young and small. As they get larger, the stems become tougher and you will start noticing them in salads. They can be best served cooked at that point. We use beetroot leaves instead of spinach in most recipes. You can turn them into a stew, add to salads or cook them in dough in Turkish flatbread recipes.
They produce real well, too. With minimal maintenance, they will continue producing leaves year round. Just cover them in summer to protect them from bugs and keep harvesting even if you don't want to eat them. You can always feed them to your chicken to give them a nutrituous treat, too.
What happens to the stems? Stay tuned and expect a lot of pictures of beetroot leaves in the upcoming weeks.
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