Beet greens are packed full of nutrients so throwing them out is just a waste of amazing food. According to researchers at William Patterson University, they pack more nutrients than kale and even spinach!
These researchers analyzed 47 types of produce for 17 vital nutrients—potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K—then ranked them based on their “Nutrition Density Scores.” Beet greens came in at number four, following watercress, Chinese cabbage and chard. Spinach rounded out the top five.
Beet greens are a little too bitter to throw into a salad without some preparation unless you have a non-sensitive palette. But steamed and sautéd, they make a perfect base for your beet salad or a delicious stand alone side dish.
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