I wasn’t real sure of these when I ordered the seed last year. White Detroit beets. But the description at Sand Hill Preservation Center sounded interesting:
White Detroit: 65 days. Relatively new introduction where the beets are white, less bleeding and staining but same earthy flavor.
And the good news is my teenager liked them! And they didn’t stain the carrots. Or my hands. They were very tasty. I think this will be a variety to grow again next year.
My dad has questioned the nutritiousness of white vegetables. I wonder if the white beets are low in vitamins? Same with white carrots? I don’t know about this. But here’s the nutritional value of white beets: “Beets are saturated-fat-free, cholesterol-free, provide a small amount of vitamin C, a source of fiber and low in sodium and fat. Beets contain a high amount of folate which is believed to help prevent depression and fatigue.” From here.
(The carrots are Oxheart – so fat and round they look like orange beets! I grow this variety every year.)
My quick plain recipe: Peel and cube carrots and beets. Boil until tender. Transfer to bowl and top with salt, butter and parsley. Bake/warm at about 300*F for a while.