Beet this for Sugar

Beet this for Sugar

Sugar beet is a typical root vegetable. 

Similar to carrots, it has significant sugar content.

When various wars closed the ports of Europe to incoming produce, sugar from sugar cane from the American areas could not be delivered. Efforts were made to grow sugar beet as an alternative. The first factory to extract the sugar was started in Poland in 1801. Other factories followed in various countries throughout Europe. It is still produced but is not as pure white as cane sugar, but rather a pale brown or fawn.

If you are trying to satisfy your sweet tooth, but also get some guilt-free benefit, there is a delicious and organic beet juice powder available. Beets contain betacyanins and other antioxidants that may help to prevent the growth of cancer cells. It is not the sugar beetroot, but the red beetroot of our salads, Beta Vulgaris, but it is still sweet enough to add to and sweeten a range of foods and dishes.

It can be added to juices, smoothies, salad dressing or even salads. It can also be added to the Budwig mixes of yoghurt or other proteins in combination with flaxseed oil, or to other desserts, and in no way detracts from the flavour. Another very trendy option is to enjoy a beetroot latte! It will colour everything a deep red, but do not let that deter you. The taste and nutritional benefit make it worth it and it is a guilt-free sweetener.

We hope to serve up some delicious beetroot lattes at our regular weekly open house this week! These evenings are intended for fun, learning and support. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please email education@xandriawilliams.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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