Baby Bulls Blood Beets
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Baby Bull's Blood beets are the only beet variety featuring entirely red roots, stems, and leaves. The globular Cabernet colored roots are topped by stems the color of rhubarb which flow into the leaves which mimic the color of the roots. The color of the leaves intensifies with the plant's maturity. The roots are tender when young with a rich, earthy, sweet flavor. The leaves are also sweet when young, becoming increasingly bitter with age.
Bull's Blood beets are available year-round.
Bull's Blood beets are a multipurpose variety of beet; grown first for their greens with their roots being harvested as a secondary crop. They are also sometimes marketed as "Ornamental Beets," for their intense red foliage. Baby Bull's Blood beets are harvested young as the larger beets are not considered fit for culinary use. Most commercial growers cultivate Bull's Blood beets for either baby leaf use in salads or micro bulls blood beet greens. Leaves can be harvested as early as one month after planting.
The betalin pigments present in beets have repeatedly been shown to support activity within the body's detoxification process, activating and processing unwanted toxic substances. Beet greens are actually more nutritious than the beets, containing twice the amount of potassium. They are exceptionally high in beta carotene and folic acid.
Bull's Blood beets are showcased best when slow-roasted or steamed. They pair well with a wide variety of proteins, spices and other vegetables including cheese, bacon, prosciutto, shallots, eggs, dill, paprika, smoked fish, walnuts, garlic, chives, citrus, hazelnut, pistachio oil, and vinegar. They can also be preserved by pickling, which offers an incredible flavor profile while also extending the beets' shelf-life.
The juice of the Bull's Blood beets is used to make the only red food coloring allowed by law in Sweden.
Bull's Blood beets were developed circa 1840 by Kees Sahin in the Netherlands. The Bull's Blood beet variety was created using what is considered to be the oldest beet still in existence, Crapaudine, the French heirloom variety. Bull's Blood beets were originally developed for their foliage. They have been listed in British seed catalogs since the pre-1900's Victorian era. Though considered a cool season crop, Bull's Blood beets are heat tolerant, allowing for versatile growing regions and seasons throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
Recipes that include Baby Bulls Blood Beets. One is easiest, three is harder.