What Makes Beetroot Red

Beetroots are not just delicious, they are also very attractive.  But what makes beetroot take on a bright purple-red color one can spot a mile away?

The color of beets can be accounted to betalains, a collective name for the pigment found contained in the cell vacuoles of beetroots.  Other varieties of beets have betacyanin which makes it purple, or betaxanthin which makes it yellow.

A greater or lesser distribution of any of these pigments would make the color of the roots and stalks orange-red like that of the Burpee Golden variety, or yellow-white like the Albina Vereduna cultivar.

Take note that the pigments found in beets are not the same as that found in red cabbage, which is called anthocyanin.

Beets, garden beets, red beets or whatever other name it is called, can bring life, flavor, jazz and color to almost any type of dish.

But aside from being consumed, beets are also used in other ways.  The bright colors of this gorgeous root are also used as a dye in all sorts of food products such as ice cream, breakfast cereals, tomato paste, jelly, and as coloring to pickled Pennsylvania Dutch’s hard-boiled eggs.

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