Beets are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week from the Certified Farmers’ Market. Beets have been eaten by humans since the Eighth Century BC, and for good reason. They are delicious, and the entire plant is edible. The beetroots themselves (which are what most people think of when describing beets) are sweet, with a unique earthy flavor. They are crunchy when eaten raw, but become deliciously soft and buttery when roasted, steamed or boiled. The beet greens are equally delicious, with a sweet, mild flavor.
Beets are also highly nutritious, and contain plenty of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, as well as a healthy dose of fiber. They are also rich in two particular types of antioxidants, betacyanins and betaxanthins, which give them their distinctive color. Beets containing more betacyanins (red-violet plant pigments) are typically deep red in color. Conversely, Beets containing more of the yellow betaxanthins will be Golden Yellow in color, and, you guessed it, Beets that have relatively equal amounts of the two antioxidants will appear in various hues of Orange. And Beet antioxidants are not only unique in color. They are also unique in their ability to promote healthy eyes, healthy nerve tissue, and reduce the unwanted inflammation associated with the cardiovascular system.
Did You Know: Beets were once commonly referred to as Blood Turnips.
Plus, check out this great Beet Recipe, courtesy of CHOW: Beet Salad
Also in Season, and available now at all locations: Potatoes, Celery, Green Onions, FRESH and DRIED Herbs, Eggs, Dates, Almonds, Oranges, Grapefruit, Chard, Eggplant, Squash, Onions, Garlic, Apples, Shallots, Beets, Green Beans, Carrots, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Parsley, Mint, Broccoli, Cabbage, Spinach, Radishes, Leeks, Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, Cherimoyas, Dates . . . . PLUS, incredible artisan breads, fresh meats, cheese, fresh raw honey, California olives/olive oil/vinegars, and a wide variety of exotic Orchids and flowers.
The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in four locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:
- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.
- On Saturdays in Coachella, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, In front of City Hall on Sixth Street.
- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.
- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce, 72-567 Highway 111.
Contact the Certified Farmers Market at 760.898.5250, 760-285-2630 (se habla Espanol), or visit us online at www.certifiedfarmersmarket.org.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.