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Chef KC

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The whole family went up to the coldest region in the Philippines, Baguio or Benguet. The place is known for its cool climate, good food since they get the best of the best like the fresh produces I found this great spot of veggies and this beets struck me the most. I did not have to fix or adjust my digital camaera to get a good photo shoot for my come back to blogging. The length of the sprouts in the beets was just right, the lighting was perfect. That is one thing I like in blogging, you learn to appreciate just about anything depending on your subject and you tend to research and justify the whats, hows, wheres, whys of the subject. There were a lot of people passing by the vegetable area but this one spot for the beets was definitely ignored and ha!ha! taken for granted. I love the natural effect the environment provided that day to this shot I made.
Beet-sy Infos
Beets are usually firm, round, uniform in size. Tops should be fresh or just wilted, but not yellow or deteriorated. Large, rough beets are often woody.
As a dish...
To prepare it: Cut off tops, leaving an inch of stem attached to beets. Leave roots on. Scrub well. Steam or boil before peeling. The perfect seasonings, flavorings and combinations that goes well with beets are: lemon, allspice, caraway, cloves, dill, ginger, horseradish, bay leaf, orange, sour cream and onion.
As a beverage...
A rich ruby-color is imparted to drinks by the inclusion of beetroot. Always used raw, they do not need to be peeled just scrubbed. The juice is quite strong tasting, so use it sparingly: above one quarter (1/4 of a piece of beets) beetroot juice to three quarters(3/4 ) other juice. Beetroot greens enhance the nutritional value of the beet beverage. However they are fairly high in oxalic acid, which is poisonous if consumed in large quantities. Juiced beetroot and leaves work well in all vegetable combinations.
Therapeutic uses...
Beetroot is used as a blood fortifier and iron builder in traditional herbalism, particularly for heavy menstrual blood loss. It is very rich in immune-boosting beta-carotene, as well as many other materials, including iron and manganese. It is also traditionally used during convalescence.

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