A traditional hamburger:
One hamburger in a hamburger bun, some grated onion, chopped parsley, maybe a slice of cheese and, of course, sliced tomatoes and some shredded Iceberg lettuce leaves.
But if you live in Australia, there’s one more ingredient to be added.
Yes, Australians love their beetroot, I was reminded of this the other day when I was out and about and popped in to the bakers to buy a chicken salad roll. In most countries I’m sure this role would have comprised of chicken, lettuce, sliced tomatoes and maybe some onions.
Here in Australia…
This isn’t altogether a bad thing; beetroot is very good for you. Here’s what Wikipedia says…
“Beetroot is a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. It functions by acting with other nutrients to reduce the concentration of homocysteine, a homologue of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Betaine functions in conjunction with S-adenosylmethionine, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 to carry out this function.”
Couldn’t have put it better myself.
Beetroot also apparently helps protect against liver disease, it can lower blood pressure as well and therefore help in the prevention of cardiovascular problems.
With beetroot, you can make beetroot soup, beetroot chutney, apple, beetroot and avocado salad, beetroot hummus, chilled beetroot soup, garlicky beetroot salad, potato and beetroot salad, baked beetroot, balsamic beetroot with toasted pecans, beef and beetroot coleslaw rolls…
Oh, enough already!
Obviously I didn’t think of all these recipes, I couldn’t boil an egg. For those of you who are interested though, I found 74 beetroot recipes over at allrecipes.com.au.
Yes, Australians do love their beetroot. I don’t mind it either.