Beetroot in Nigeria: How and Where to Get It
The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, also table beet, garden beet, red beet, or golden beet. It is one of several of the cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and their leaves (called beet greens). These varieties have been classified as B. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris Conditiva Group.
Like many modern vegetables, beetroot was first cultivated by the Romans. By the 19th century, it held great commercial value when it was discovered that beets could be converted into sugar.
Today, the leading commercial producers include the USA, Russia, France, Poland and Germany. Many classic beetroot recipes are associated with central and Eastern Europe including the famous beetroot soup known as borscht. Beetroot’s earthy charm has resulted in its influence on fashionable menus and recipes. It has a delicious but distinctive flavour and nutritional status you can’t beat. Even its roots rocks!
Belonging to the same family as chard and spinach, both the leaves and root can be eaten – the leaves have a bitter taste while the round root is sweet. Typically, beetroot comes in a rich purple colour; however, it can also be white or golden. Beetroot is delicious. As a result of its high sugar content, beetroot is eaten raw; but is popularly cooked or pickled.
- The website lovebeetroot.co.uk says beetroot became popular in Roman times and it was used to treat fever, constipation, wounds, and skin problems – and was used as an aphrodisiac.
- Most beetroot sold is round and red, but yellow, white and stripey types are also available.
- The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat once cooked or pickled. It’s a root vegetable related to turnips, swedes and sugar beet. Whilst beetroot has a sweet taste, its leaves (which are also edible) taste bitter.
- The red colour of beetroot can be extracted and used as a natural food colourant. It has the ‘E’ number E162.
- If you’re considering beetroot as one of your 5-a-day, it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Beetroot leaves are a rich source of calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. The greens should not be overlooked; they can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach.
Places to Get Beetroot in Nigeria
1). Madamsabi : It’s an online food store focused on getting Nigerians the freshest, high-quality foodstuffs at the best bargains possible!
2). Alhaji Sanni & Alhaji Ibrahim’s vegetable Kiosk. They both sell Vegetables (Indigenous and foreign) and they’ve been doing it for over 15 years. Therefore, you can buy beetroots and other vegetables/herbs. You can call to know what’s available or to Order.
Contact Numbers (Lagos):
Alhaji Sanni (08023774890)
Alhaji Ibrahim (08140377381)
Baba Ayeesha (08023835085)
Whether you roast it whole, blend into a classic soup or drink as juice like the Olympians do – beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants.