Beetroot seeds are one of nature's best kept secrets. These succulent green vegetables have been consumed in Europe for over five hundred years, but only recently have they been introduced to the United States. Originally they were a British gardener's secret. Then American farmers learned about them from Italian peasant farmers that had moved to the country in the wake of the Potato Famine. The Italian farmers found that by sowing beetroot seeds early in the spring, they could get an early start on cultivating corn and other late crop vegetables. And now to this day the beetroot is grown in abundance all over the world.
The beetroot has many uses. It's a rich source of Vitamin C and Iron, which are essential for healthy red blood cells. Beets are also excellent sources of protein and have a nearly neutral taste, unlike some other vegetables. And although they're not very appealing as a vegetable, the beetroot can be used to add color to soups, sauces, and even pickles and mayonnaise.
But above all, beetroot is a fabulous digestive aid. They contain a class of digestive enzymes called psyllium husks that work to move stools through your system more quickly. This process is called reticulation and it helps to push your stools through your system faster, reducing the amount of time that you stay bloated. The longer that you stay bloated the more likely it is that you'll develop some kind of constipation problem or at least discomfort during your day-to-day life. If your beetroot seed intake allows you to move your stools more rapidly you're less likely to experience the discomfort that leads to constipation.
One of the most important things to remember about beets is that they grow pretty quickly. In fact, they grow so quickly that eating just a handful of these greens will provide you with more than you would probably eat in an entire week. So the key to growing your own beetroot is to get a really good grow location and follow a few basic steps to ensure that you're getting a healthy amount of these beneficial seeds. But keep in mind that if you're growing your own beetroot, you should only be eating about a half teaspoon worth at a time.
That's because as much as you might want to, you just can't eat too much at once. The best thing to do is to alternate between eating the beetroot seeds at different times throughout the day. For example you could start by eating them just before you sit down to eat a meal. And then after that, you can try eating them between meals as a snack.
Of course, there are certain circumstances where you might want to grow your own beetroot seeds. If you're growing them for use in baking recipes, you'll want to grow them in an area that gets indirect but steady heat. One popular choice for this is to grow them in an insulated container in your kitchen, where they'll receive some shade from the sun as well as the heat from the stove. Another good thing to do is to sprout your seeds on a piece of wood or other large surface away from the heat source. This way, your seedlings will get more of the sunlight they need to grow properly, without the concern of overheating.
In fact, when it comes to growing beetroot seeds for use in baking recipes, the directions given with the seeds always specify that you should place them directly onto a hot stove. Why? Well, because when they're cooking, they'll cook at a much higher temperature than you would ever set your oven to. While you might be tempted to keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn, that's not a smart move. They'll end up overcooked anyway.
Finally, another important thing to remember is that while you can sprout a wide variety of different things, like beets, radishes, onions and more, beetroot is one of the best choices. The reason why is because it has the highest concentration of valuable antioxidants around. Antioxidants are necessary for healthy cell growth, which is what helps your body ward off disease. So the next time you want to snack on some beets, go ahead and skip the bun. Get the beetroot instead.