Thursday, September 4, 2008

Gillian Hirst's suggestions on using beetroot

Gillian Hirst

September 02, 2008 12:00am

BEETROOT cultivation dates back to the Middle Ages in Germany, and grew wild near the shores of the Mediterranean and Atlantic in Europe.

The wild seaside plant had only a thin long root and was collected and eaten for its stem and leaves rather than the root which is worth a thought before you throw out the tops.

The root was considered only fit for animal consumption, or as a fallback if times were bad and you had no choice. It wasn't until the 1700s that beetroot became more widely accepted and its popularity increased.
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