It's no Sonny and Cher song, but the lowly beet has played an important role in feeding the world since the Roman Empire.
Although a beet is not really attractive to look at, it’s a nutrient powerhouse for your body. In the past, beets were used as a medicinal food for detoxification and to improve digestion, blood health and heart health. Now, people appreciate beets for their high level of antioxidants.
Beets can be grown in Albert County. However, if you had a hard time with beet germination last summer, you were not alone. This became a popular topic of conversation during the growing season. For gardeners and people growing their own food for winter, poor germination of root crops is a big deal. Root crops keep for many months and are relied upon as a healthy source of food throughout the winter and early spring. Crop failure can disrupt our winter diet. Fortunately, beets are still available from local farmers and stores.
Connecting Albert County is grateful to the Province of New Brunswick which is providing support for our Guide to Healthy Eating through a Community Food Action Grant.