Many cooks avoid beets because their red-purple pigment can be hard to work with and that “earthy” flavor can be a bit much. Since they are available now in pre-peeled, pre-cooked packages, they are super-easy to use, especially in salads. What other vegetable can you think of that has only 52 to 55 calories in a whole cup? One cup of cooked beets also offers more than 3 grams of fiber and a good helping of folate, magnesium and potassium. The small ones are generally more tender than large ones. If you are cooking them from raw and fresh, buy them with their greens attached, but remove all except one inch of the stems when you get them home, and store in the refrigerator. When ready to use, wash gently so as not to damage the thin skin and make them “bleed” color or nutrients.
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Surgeon fish clean a green sea turtle near Puako. Tom Clarke/Community Contributor
Dance planned at VFW post
A demale Jackson’s chameleon climbs on the branch of a fig tree. Jimmy Dyal/Community Contributor
Chinese healer to lead workshop in Hawi
Makalei Golf Club is under new ownership following the purchase of the 900-acre property by RLF Makalei LLC.
Nonprofit receives 60-acre land donation
Kombucha: It’s been called a defense against cancer, a natural Viagra and a catalyst for the body’s immune functions. The fermented beverage has achieved near mythic status, with a plethora of attributes including the ability to purge toxins and improve eyesight, hearing, brain function and digestion.
Fear of contracting rat lungworm disease from eating fresh local greens has driven many people to avoid these healthy foods. Articles concerning the involvement of rats, worms and slugs in the spread of the disease seem to have spawned near panic around these animals and the possibility of contracting the disease from eating greens. Though caution is advised in selecting and consuming vitamin-rich foods such as kale, chard and hearty lettuces, avoidance is not necessary.
Papaya plants are a natural for almost any garden. They are prolific and nutritious as well. Probably no other plant supplies the home gardener so much for so little effort. This tropical American, herbaceous, treelike plant will grow and produce fruit year-round with minimal care.
The next two weeks, we will be looking at timing and how poor timing can lead to tremendously bad results in Hawaii’s tax system.
The Hawaii Police Department is asking for the public’s help in processing court bench warrants.
A koa tree is seen. Angy Chesler/Community Contributor
Active shooter presentation planned
The progression of the pakuikui, or Achilles tang, from juvenile to adolescent is seen. Tom Clarke/Community Contributor