Our Grow Zone has just about finished, but there were a few things we have left to harvest and the Green Teams tackled them. One veg that has been very successful this year has been our golden beetroot. This is much sweeter in taste to the traditional beetroot and does not have the dark purple colouration that stains your hands when you cook it!

We dug up the golden beetroot and decided it was not a good idea to plant it in our pallet gardens as the beetroot got bigger than the slits, so we had to heave the whole pallet up to get them out! Some of them were HUGE!!!

We had also left the sweetcorn as, a few weeks ago, they were not ready. We had planted some different varieties this year… one was called ‘Popcorn’ sweetcorn and the kernels develop all different colours. We were really excited when we picked these, peeled back the husk to reveal this beautiful coloured sweetcorn inside!

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We bought everything into the kitchen and started to prepare them. The sweetcorn just needed cleaning and cutting up. It was then boiled. A lot of colour came out of our sweetcorn, making the water turn purple! We tasted them, but unfortunately, the popcorn sweetcorn looked a lot better than it actually tasted! The kernels were quite rubbery and there was not a lot of flavour sadly.

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The golden beetroot took a bit more preparing. We used peelers to carefully take off the skin… it was a stunning golden yellow underneath, like the yolk of an egg! We then washed them and chopped them into small pieces.

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We coated them in oil and sprinkled some mixed herbs over them.

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Putting the oven on quite a hot temperature, we roasted them for about half an hour until they were golden brown and crispy.

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We all tasted them and thought they were delicious! They are full of goodness and we were impressed. We each took some home to share with our families. WildlifeKate looked up some other recipes that we might try with our beetroot…. you can even make cakes with them!!