Beets

Fun Facts

  • Beet juice is widely used as a “natural” dye to give pink or red coloration to processed foods.
  • The color of beet roots can range from dark purple to bright red, yellow, and white. When cut transversely, the roots show light and dark rings, sometimes alternating.
  • The Chioggia beet is red and white-striped and nicknamed the “candy cane” beet.
  • Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable.
  • Small beets (about a half-inch in diameter) are good for eating raw. Medium and large-sized beets are best for cooking. Very large beets (more than three inches in diameter) may be too woody for eating.

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