Here at The Grounds, we absolutely love fresh produce and place great importance on using healthy ingredients across all our menus. It’s one of our secrets to making the food at The Grounds taste so good!
Coming into Summer, we wanted to hero an ingredient that we think deserves a little more attention. Bursting of vibrancy and colour with sweet, earthy flavours, it’s the good ol’ humble Beetroot.
We called on our experts to share their knowledge on how to garden, prepare it, and explain why it’s so damn good for you!
So what’s so great about Beetroot anyway?
Well turns out, the vegetable is packed with nutrition!
Working with nutritionist and dietitian, Rebecca Gawthorne, here’s why she loves it.
“Beetroots are super high in folate which you need during pregnancy in order to prevent neural tube defects. Beets are full of nitrites which work to help enhance physical performance & can boost stamina during high intensity exercise like running. They’re also really high in fibre which aids in regulating your bowels.
“Beetroots are a great source of manganese, potassium & magnesium which work to regulate your fluid balance & muscle contractions. They actually also help lower LDL (aka bad) cholesterol. Because of their high levels of antioxidants & soluble fibre, Beetroots contain antioxidants, carotenoids & flavonoids which work to improve skin conditions, prevent premature ageing of skin and most importantly keep your heart healthy!”
Where to begin in the garden?
Here’s some tips and advice from our resident Horticulturist, Erin:
“Beetroot is great because you can plant it almost all year round in Australia. I would recommend avoiding planting it in the colder months but as long as the soil temperature is around 8 degrees or so you’re good to go.
Beetroot enjoys full sunshine for up to 6 hours a day but before you plant, look for a position that doesn’t get too much afternoon sun as this can burn the leaves. A rich well draining soil is preferred (sandy loam is perfect) and be sure to avoid areas with lots of stone in the ground.
Before you plant, soak the seeds overnight and then plant them straight into the garden – you can thin them out later. Planting from punnets will cause misshapen beets (lost it’s natural shape).
Be sure to water your plant every day too, otherwise they’ll become woody and tasteless if they get too dry. I advise that as the crown rises, topping the soil up to help create uniform colouring.”
You’ve harvested some beets, now what?
Try this fresh and delicious salad from Executive Chef Paul – it’s a real crowd pleaser for the summer!
Salad of heirloom beetroot, goats curd, fig and pomegranate
- 1 bunch of baby red beetroot
- 1 bunch of baby golden beetroot
- 1 bunch of baby pink beetroot
- 1 bunch of target beetroot
- 1 bunch of large red beetroot
- Seeds of 1 pomegranate
- 1/2 bunch mint
- 1/2 bunch Italian parsley
- 200g goats curd
- 6 fresh figs
- 1 spanish onion
- handful pepitas, to garnish
- edible florals, to garnish
- 3 oranges, juice and zest
- 1tsp dijon mustard
- 150ml grape seed oil
- 25ml mandarin oil
- 1 lemon, juice
- salt, pepper and sugar to taste
- roast and peel all beets (except the target beets), cut in wedges and slices and keep separate.
- slice the target beets on a mandolin into paper thin slices and place to the side into iced water
- break the seeds from one pomegranate and remove pith.
- cut figs into quarters.
- pick the leaves from the herbs and slice the Spanish onion finely on a mandolin.
- in a bowl ,whisk the ingredients for the vinaigrette and season to taste.
- toss the pepitas in olive oil and toast in a pan.
- in a bowl, dress the beets, figs and herbs before seasoning with salt and pepper and dividing to 6 serving bowls.
- divide the goats curd to each bowl top with toasted pepitas, pomegranate seeds and garnish with edible flowers and mint sprigs.
So there you have it! Diverse, flavoursome and that beautiful pink colour, Beetroots are the perfect vegetable to include in your meals this summer. Get messy, get creative and get your green thumb going to prepare something delicious and colourful for the family!