Recipe Directions

I invented this after trying to make yam chips. They turned out rubbery but I didn’t want to throw them away. The sweet potato, red beet, and yellow beet were dehydrated for 2 days after being basted with olive oil and a little salt and pepper.

I then added a cup of water, lemon, and garlic and blended them in the blender. I drizzled olive oil in as I was blending to whip it up a little more.

Refrigerate at least an hour and enjoy with vegetables, on spiralized pasta, or as a dressing on a salad.

Afterwards I thought it might be nice to add cherries for something different.

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This has an exciting color and a fresh flavor!

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Why eat beets? Copied from the internet- Active Properties:

Beta vulgaris have been utilized for their medicinal properties since ancient times. Considered beneficial to the blood, heart, and digestive system. Known to treat skin problems, headaches and lethargy. Regarded as a laxative; a cure for bad breath, coughs and headaches; and even as an aphrodisiac. Recently regarded as a preventative for cancer - increasing immune system function. Beet root is high in many important minerals and micronutrients.

Dioscorides and Galen both refer to root of beet as a medicine

Biochemical Information: Betaine

Beta vulgaris provides a particularly rich source of betaine - a mood modifier. Betaine-rich foods pharmacologically produce the positive effect of relaxation. Betaine is utilized in treating clinical depression. Betaine(also called trimethylglycine) raises levels of the compound s-adenosylmethionine which influences serotonin metabolism.

Background:

The species Beta vulgaris L. was first described by Linnaeus in 1753. The genus Beta likely originated in Mediterranean Europe - cultivated from the wild sea beet. Beta vulgaris was initially valued for its leaves. The Greeks presented beet as one of their offerings to the sun god Apollo in the temple at Delphi. In an Assyrian text beet was grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world, in around 800 BC. Beet is mentioned by Dioscorides, Aristophanes and Aristotle. The Greeks ate the leaves of Beta vulgaris and utilized them, and occasionally the roots, medicinally.

Applications:

Beta vulgaris have been utilized for their medicinal properties since ancient times. Considered beneficial to the blood (high in iron), heart, and digestive system. Regarded as a laxative; a cure for bad breath, coughs and headaches; and even as aphrodisiac. Following the Middle Ages, beetroot was used to treatment digestion, blood problems and as a decongestant. Recently beet root is regarded as a cancer preventative, strengthening to the immune system.

A remedy for indigestion, acidity, gastritis and heartburn and is known to relieve other problems of food toxicity (improper diet and incomplete digestion), including skin problems, headaches and lethargy.

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