Can I eat beet greens? Yes, you can!

Baby beet greens are a common ingredient in field green salads. But have you ever eaten beet greens from mature beet plants? I must admit that until this weekend, I had not! What a shame — all those beet greens that I threw away could have been enjoyed — and from today on they will be!

Fresh beets from the farmer’s market
Beets – 3 veggies in one


How to Cook Beet Greens 

Method #1 – Simple sauted beed greens with Homemade Garlicky Olive Oil and lemon.

  1. Cut the stems of the beet greens into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  2. Chop the leaves of the beet greens; set aside.
  3. Heat a little olive or coconut oil in your pan. Add the beet stems and saute until they start to soften.
  4. Then add the chopped beet greens to the pan and saute until they are wilted.
  5. Add a few squirts of fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with grated organic lemon peel.
  6. Drizzle with Homemade Garlicky Olive Oil just before serving or  let each person add as much of they Garlicky Olive Oil as they wish at the table.
Beet Greens Sauteed
Beet Greens Sauteed

Method #2 – Simple steamed beet greens with  Homemade Garlicky Olive Oil and lemon.

  1. Cut the stems of the beet greens into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  2. Chop the leaves of the beet greens; set aside.
  3. Place the cut stems into the steamer basket of your pot (already filled with water for steaming). Bring the water to a boil and cover the pot. Steam the chopped stems for a minute or so.
  4. Add the chopped leaves to the steamer basket (with the stems) and steam for an additional minute or until the leaves have just wilted.
  5. Add a few squirts of fresh lemon juice and sprinkle with grated organic lemon peel.
  6. Drizzle with Homemade Garlicky Olive Oil just before serving or let each person add as much of they Garlicky Olive Oil as they wish at the table.
Steamed Beet Greens
Steamed Beet Greens

How to make steamed beet greens taste great

After steaming the greens, let everyone at the table add Homemade Garlicky Olive Oil to his or her portion.

Food Safety Tip

By the way, not all greens that grow from root veggies are safe to eat. Don’t eat those carrot tops!

Enjoy and be healthy!

~Leni

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17 thoughts on “Can I eat beet greens? Yes, you can!

  1. Hi Leni, I just bought fresh beets today and thought I would throw away the greens until i read your blog. Thanks for the great idea!!

  2. Leni,
    Just harvested the first few beets that were ready, from my garden today. Craving fresh beets for supper. Didn’t feel right, throwing away the beautiful full leaves. My Google search found you and the fact that we CAN eat them ! I will be using your recipe tonight……
    Dan in CA.

    1. Hi again Dan, How did your beet greens turn out? And by the way, I just made a few slight modifications to the directions for cooking beet greens. Hope it’s helpful. Leni

  3. My beets are not ready for harvest but the tender leafy tops look great. Can I ‘trim” some of the beet greens and eat them now?

    1. Hi Gage, That’s a very good question and sorry, I don’t know the answer. I will ask the gardening experts at the farmer’s market this Saturday and then post their response in a comment. Meanwhile, if anyone reading this knows the answer, please leave your answer in a comment. Thanks! Leni

      1. Hi Gage, I just returned from the farmer’s market. The gardening people were not there today but I spoke with an organic farmer – a young man who knows his farming. He said that if you pick a few leaves, it won’t hurt the beet, but it will slow its growth. Instead, he would recommend that you cut off a few inches from the top of all the beet greens (leaves). You won’t get the stems, but you also won’t slow down the plant’s growth nearly as much. Hope this helps! ~Leni

      2. So take about half the leaf..give them a ‘leaf cut’. Perfect…thank you for your research.

  4. Hi I was wondering if I can juice the beet greens along with the beets? I’m guessing I would be able to since you can eat the greens. But I just wanted to make sure.
    Thank you,
    Nichole

  5. I always use the beet greens. However, on the organic beets I bought today, the leaves have some red spots, slightly raised. Are the leaves safe for consumption?

  6. Hi Angie, The organic farmer I spoke with at our farmer’s market today knew right away that the slightly raised red spots you mentioned must be from the blister beetle. He said it’s perfectly fine to eat the beet leaves if they have these spots on them. Thanks for asking! We all learned something in the process! ~Leni

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