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Home grown beetroot, home made recipes

 

Beetroot

This is as close as I get to a Valentines Day post… Mr Fresh does not “do”Valentines Day, or any of the Hallmark Days for that matter. This means that by default I do not either. In saying that I am not adverse to a little romance….if someone could tell Mr Fresh that would be great.

I was pondering whether to write a Valentine’s Post and the closest I have gotten is a beetroot shaped as a heart on Mr Fresh’s plate. You will see the image further down the page. I made a beetroot and dragon fruit salad after spotting the amazing looking dragon fruit at the local fruit shop.

I planted 3 punnets of beetroot seedlings this year. One in the lead up to Summer and then two more after I harvested the first ones. The seedlings I planted were Rainbow Beetroots.  Rainbow beetroots are beautifully colored. Some are white, some are white with gorgeous red or pink rings and some are pale pink and there is also the regular deep magenta color. 

Planting Beetroot:

 

beetroot

Space about 15- 20 cm apart. Beetroot prefer a loose soil, well drained soil to allow the beets to develop.

Beetroot Growing Time:

6- 8 weeks from planting seedlings, the beets are ready to harvest

Beetroot Plant Care:

I experienced no pest or growing issues with beetroot. They seem to be hardy, and easy to grow. I planted them and watched them grow without needing to pay them any particular attention.  

Beetroot growing

Harvest Beetroot:

Gently dig the beets out. Do not pull.

Quantity: I picked 3 harvests of between 600 grams to 1 kilo each time.

Preparation & Cooking:

Preparation:

I like to pick my produce from the garden on the day, as close to meal time as possible so I do not tend to store harvested vegetables (Exceptions to date have been onions and garlic- these I have harvested, dried and stored)

Wear gloves when handling beetroots to avoid your skin being stained. 

Cooking:

Boil – Add to a pot of boiling water for approximately 20 minutes – depending on the size of the beets. They are cooked when they can be easily pierced with a skewer or knife. When cooked peel the skin, it is much easier and less wastage. They can be sliced or chopped for salads once cooked.

Bake – add to a baking pan for approximately 40 minutes, depending on their size. Wash prior to putting into a baking pan and trim the stalk. Drizzle with olive oil and salt if you wish, or balsamic vinegar. Remove the skin once they are cooked, wearing gloves.

Raw – Grate

Wash and then peel the skin off prior to grating

Fresh Beetroot Recipes:

My Recipe Notebooks

My favorite way to eat beetroot is to cook it, slice it and eat it in salads and on sandwiches. When I have a large quantity to use up I make the recipes below:

Beetroot Dip

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sized beetroots cooked until soft (boil or bake)
  • 200 ml of plain yogurt
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, coriander, and cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to season

Steps:

  1. After cooking the beetroot, using the instructions above – peel off the skin
  2. Chop beetroot into pieces 
  3. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor and whiz until smooth
  4. Serve with grilled flat bread or fresh crusty sour dough

Beetroot Relish Recipe

I posted this recipe last week. I picked 700 grams of beetroots and rushed inside to make this. To view my recipe for Beetroot Relish click on the link. 

It is a recipe to enjoy with cold meats, salad sandwiches and cheese in the coming months. Sweet, tangy and smooth.

Beetroot Relish Recipe

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Erin @ she cooks, she gardens February 14, 2012, 10:34 am

    I’m glad to hear we’re not the only ones who opt out of V-day, although it sounds like maybe you didn’t have a lot of choice. Hopefully you get your lovefest on a different day that is special to you guys!

    Great work with the beets, I tried growing from seed this year and it just didn’t really happen for me. I might have to give seedlings a go instead. 🙂

    • Kyrstie February 14, 2012, 10:57 am

      Hi Erin, thanks for visiting. I haven’t really had much luck growing anything from seed, except leeks and tomatoes. I find it delays the harvest time by too much! I am not very patient…I am working out my planting cycle routine for the year. Mr Fresh has his moments, so I am not complaining 🙂
      Have a great week. K

  • Carol Anne February 15, 2012, 2:02 pm

    Love the recipe K and the vibrance of your beetroot relish is gorgeous. I never thought of pairing dragon fruit with beets, seems so logical now, I must pick some up at the markets. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Kyrstie February 16, 2012, 1:47 pm

      Thanks for reading Carol Anne. They look gorgeous together don’t they? Flavor wise I think they worked. If you have any dressing ideas I would love to hear them. I got a little stuck with that.

  • Lynne Armstrong January 16, 2013, 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the beetroot recipes Kyrstie…I’m going to try the relish and the dip 🙂 I love beetroot! Loved your post about Valentine’s Day…my DH is much the same as Mr Fresh lol so I could relate to it and have a laugh.
    Have a great day 🙂

    • Kyrstie January 22, 2013, 12:35 pm

      Thanks for visiting Lynne. I am about to head out to the garden today to plant some more beetroot in the spaces I have found. I just realised I have no where near enough to do more relish this season. K

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  • Novice May 15, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Hi Krystie,
    Admiring your beetroot ,I am a lover of beetroot but seem to be unable to grow successfully if I put it in a raised bed with coriander chives and broad beans should It grow ok . I have seedlings ready to plant just not sure if they will be successful in the same garden as the above mentioned. Hope you can help TIA

    • Kyrstie Barcak May 15, 2014, 2:14 pm

      Hi Diane, it likes a loose soil so I generally dig over the area I am planting in to loosen it up first. I can’t find any info that beets are adverse to growing with broad beans or chives. I generally add them anywhere I have a gap and have only really had problems planting them around tomatoes. Good luck!

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