A study published in ScienceDaily.com in March 2018 shares the exciting news that a compound found in beets could actually “slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process associated with Alzheimer's disease.” Studying this compound, scientists say, could be a foundational step to developing drugs that could “alleviate some of the long-term effects of the disease, the world's leading cause of dementia.”
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The beet has fallen a long way since ancient times where it was said to grow in the famed gardens of Babylon and the mythological Greek goddess Aphrodite consumed them to enhance her appeal.
Beets are no longer venerated like they once were but considering their nutritional value, deep flavor and versatility, it's time to reconsider the value and virtue of the poor beet, a vegetable that has become as reviled as the playground scapegoat.
When you do a search for beet blush online, the first several entries discuss how to make a powdered blush using red beets. Our own beet blush at The Chef's Garden might not be an ideal way to tint your cheeks but it's certainly an excellent way to add perky elegance to a recipe.
Farmer Lee Jones is in The Chef's Garden's root cellar harvesting beets.