It's Beetroot season!

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The humble beetroot is coming into season and has a great number of nutritional benefits making it a superhero of the vegetable world.

It has scientifically been linked to lowering blood pressure through vasodilation, contains anti-inflammatory betalains and is a great source of dietary fibre.

As if these potential health benefits weren’t enough, beetroot is a versatile veg that can be juiced, steamed, roasted and pickled.  Even the leaves of the beetroot plant can be eaten and somewhat resemble spinach so there is no waste from this marvelous plant.  Our personal favourite is combining cooked beetroot with some thick creamy yogurt for a delicious and colourful dip.

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You can even use your beetroot to keep the children entertained with some messy fun as the water from boiled beetroot makes a great natural dye for fabrics and can result in some wonderfully creative garments with a completely safe, non-toxic colour.  We don’t promise you wont all end up with pink hands.


Why eat local?

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Let’s start with the obvious, that food grown locally will have spent less time travelling the world and therefore be fresher than its international counterparts. If you buy a tomato that has been grown locally there is less chance that it was picked unripe and has spent its last couple of weeks turning red while travelling the high seas.

By eating local produce, you will also be eating seasonally and getting the best and most nutritious foods when they are naturally ripe. Whilst this is good for your nutrition it is also great for the environment as eating seasonally can help in protecting our soils and UK soil stores approximately 10 billion tonnes of carbon!

Finally, by eating local produce you are literally investing in your local community. If you buy and eat food from local producers, the money you spend goes straight into the local economy and keeps them producing great tasting food for you and your family.