Beet plant is a plant that belongs to the same family as Chard and Spinach. Both the root and leaves of these plants are edible.
In particular, beetroot, the taproot portion of Beet plant is increasingly becoming popular for its presence in menus and recipes.
This plant was first discovered by the Roman and even at then, it held great economic value especially at the time they discovered it can be processed into sugar.
While Romans were the first to discover it, the top producers of beetroot are USA, Russia, France, Poland and Germany.
Typically, beetroot comes in a rich purple colour; however, it can also be white or golden.
This plant is delicious. As a result of its high sugar content, beetroot is eaten raw; but is popularly cooked or pickled.
Talking for it nutritional value, Beetroot contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre.
The leaves of Beetroot are a rich source of calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
Before we proceed on where to get beetroot in Nigeria, let’s talk about its medical benefits.
Beetroots Health Benefits
From our research, Beetroot has been known to give better stamina. It also improves blood flow and aids in lowering blood pressure.
It can also be used to treat ailments like fever, constipation, wounds, skin problems.
Beetroot contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre.
Beetroot leaves are source of calcium, iron, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.
Beetroot has been used to control blood pressure over time.
Research has it that the juice does lower blood pressure because of its naturally occurring nitrate content.
You can also find Nitrates in vegetables, fruits and also in processed meats.
We advice that men should drink this natural fruit juice because to its effect in relaxing artery walls.
For athletes and sportsmen, nitrate-rich beetroot drinks helps to improve blood flow to muscles during exercise, and to relieve some post-exercise muscle aches.
Another health benefit of drinking beetroot juice for older people is that it increases blood flow to the brain. This in turn helps to reduce the risk of vascular dementia.
Finally, apart from countering the effects of pollution in the body, beetroot can help one recover from the stress of exercise after a strenuous training.
Where To Get Beetroot In Nigeria
Beetroot is not readily available in Nigeria and at the same time not even popular. This means for you to get it, you need to look for it.
I have compiled my own list of places I know you can get Beetroot in Nigeria.
This is an oil food store in the country specialised in fresh foodstuffs. You can check the store by visiting www.madamsabi.com
Foodstantly is another food store where you can get Beetroot. Visit Foodstantly.com to buy on Foodstantly.com
Offline Sellers In Lagos
Currently, we don’t know any offline seller that offer this service of selling Beetroot in Lagos. If you know anyone, you can use the comment section to reach out and we would verify and add it on this page.