Beets can be added to red velvet cake in lieu of food coloring. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
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To get the rich red color essential for Valentine's signature sweet, red velvet cake, you need look no further than the humble beetroot.A staple of the Lebanese pantry, beets – which also happen to be in season – are an excellent source of natural sugars that can be added to baked goods in lieu of food coloring for a more complex taste. Chehab said for years beetroot had been known as the "legume oblie" or forgotten vegetable, but that it was now making a comeback in top kitchens everywhere.And with a seemingly endless list of health benefits, the vegetable's newfound popularity is no surprise.
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