19 Amazing Facts About Beets

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Beets are a genus of annual, biennial and perennial herbaceous plants of the Amaranth family. Do you know a lot about Beets?

  1. The most famous representatives are: common beets, fodder beets, sugar beets. All of them in everyday life have a common name – beets.
  2. Found on all continents except Antarctica.
  3. All modern beet species come from the wild beet growing to this day in Iran, on the shores of the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Sea, as well as in India and China.
  4. For the first time in the daily diet, beets began to be introduced in the Middle East and in the east of the Mediterranean – although at that time only the leaves were eaten, and the roots were used for medicinal purposes.
  5. Assyrian texts describe the cultivation of beets in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is one of the seven wonders of the world.
  6. In ancient Persia, beets were considered a symbol of quarrels and strife.
  7. During the Roman era, it was used as an aphrodisiac.
  8. Beetroot was held in such high esteem by the Romans that it was collected as a tribute from the subordinates of the Germans. At that time, the root crop was long and thin like a carrot.
  9. In ancient times, the medicinal properties of beet root were more important than its taste, and the vegetable was used to treat a variety of ailments, including constipation, fever, wounds, and some skin problems.
  10. The ancestors used beets instead of blush.
  11. The rounded shape of the root crop known to us today appeared only in the 16th century.
  12. In the XVI – XVII centuries. it was differentiated into dining and fodder forms. In terms of chemical composition, fodder beets differ little from other types of beets, but their roots contain a large amount of fiber and fiber.
  13. From the hybrid forms of fodder beets, sugar beets emerged in the 18th century. It appeared as a result of intensive work of breeders, which began in 1747, when Andreas Marggraf found out that sugar, which was previously obtained from sugar cane, is also contained in beets. The first to appreciate and practically use the Discovery of Marggraf was only his student Franz Karl Achard, who devoted his life to the problem of producing beet sugar and in 1801 equipped a factory in Lower Silesia where sugar was produced from beets. At that, the sugar content in fodder beets was 1.3%, while in the currently existing varieties it exceeds 20%. Sugar beet is currently the second largest source of sugar after sugar cane.
  14. From the end of the XIX and in the XX centuries. the culture has spread to all continents. According to popular legends, the widespread consumption of beets by the peoples of the Balkans and Eastern Europe prevented the development of medieval plague epidemics in the east of the European continent.
  15. To date, more than 70 varieties and hybrids of beets have been zoned, differing in appearance, yield, and early maturity.
  16. The heaviest beet in the world was grown in Somerset in 2001 and weighed 23.4 kg.
  17. Beets perfectly cleanse the body of toxins and toxins.
  18. In Britain and Ireland, halloween lanterns in the form of a glowing head from the inside were traditionally made from beets, turnips or rutabagas. Lantern pumpkins, more familiar to us now, began to be used by American immigrants in the 19th century.
  19. In many cultures, there is a belief that if a man and a woman eat the same beets, they will love each other.
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