The beetroot is the taproot portion of a beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet. It is one of several cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and leaves (called beet greens).
BENEFITS: Beets are low in calories and a source of many nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. They also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance.
USES: Beets can be served raw or cooked in a variety of ways. The greens are also edible and can be added to a salad or cooked and served as a side dish.
When I first came to Mexico, I learned to love agua de jamaica, a delicious beverage that was a little bit tart, usually sweetened and served cold. Many years later, I learned that agua dejamaica was made from dried hibiscus flowers. Recently, I have learned that this delicious drink has many health benefits, even medicinal uses, and that after they are boiled and strained, the flowers can be used as a meat substitute in tacos and other dishes!
A 100-gram serving of hibiscus tea provides the following nutrients:
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Hibiscus tacos / Tacos de flor de jamaica (Recipe)