– Shel Silverstein
Beets are a food you either love or hate. There is very little middle ground with beets. They stain your fingers during preparation, and your children turn up their noses in disgust when served for dinner.
Yet, Beta vulgaris rubra is so good for your health it is considered a super-food. Therefore, the only question left to consider is, “To beet or not to beet?”
This Wicked Red Smoothie may be your answer.
According to educational archives, beets have existed as a food source since dinosaurs walked the earth. They are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along North African, Asian, and European coastlines. Imagine a massive stegosaurus munching on a tiny beet green, because it was not until the rise of the Roman Empire that the bulb was cultivated as a root vegetable.
In the 19th century, the British restricted access to sugar cane, so Napoleon declared beets be used for their sugar. The desire for beets as a sweetener blossomed. However, our story does not end here.