Facts: Sugar is produced from one variety (Sugar Beets). The red color of the beet is used in food coloring and was used for early clothing dyes. They may be eaten raw or cooked.The tops may also be eaten.
Availability: July – October
Serving Size: ½ cup
Selection: Choose beets with firm, smooth skins and non-wilted leaves if still attached. As with many vegetables, the flesh of smaller beets is tenderer.
Nutrition Benefits: Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium, excellent source of folate.
Pigments: betacynins, betazanthins
Phytochemicals: betaine, farnesol, salicylic acid, saponins
ORAC Score: 840