The candy cane striped roots of the Chioggia Beet make it one of the more fun vegetables to eat. It’s crunch when eaten raw makes it a refreshing addition to salads. This Beet has been a favorite of upscale restaurants for its’ flavor and striking appearance. Chioggia beet originated in the historic fishing town of Chioggia, Italy, just across the lagoon from Venice. Compared to other beets that have a noted earthy flavor, this beet is quite a bit milder. The Greens are crisp and flavorful, while the roots a mild and sweet.
The benefits of beets are many. Beets are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C.
It has been found to help lower blood pressure.
The nitrates in beets can also increase athletic performance. It can help with inflammation, as well as digestive and brain health.
STORING & COOKING INFORMATION
Handling: The Chioggia Beets can be prepared like any other beet and because of its unusual coloring, it doesn’t “bleed” like other beets. Its mild flavor also means that it requires less cooking time than other beets. Always use dark towels and clothing when handling beets.
Storage: Beets will last 1-3 months in the fridge if kept in a perforated plastic bag in the crisper drawer.
Freezing: To properly freeze beets, wash the gently to prevent tearing the skin, and cut the greens off, leaving some of the stem (to prevent “bleeding”. Then boil until they are the proper consistency. (about 20-35 mins). Then cool in ice water and peel them. You can either slice or freeze them whole. They should last 6-12 months if stored airtight in the freezer.