Beets are deep red, or white in color. Sugar is produced from one variety (Sugar Beets) and the red color is used in food coloring.
How to Select
Choose beets with firm, smooth skins and non-wilted leaves if still attached. Smaller ones are more tender. Beets are available year round, but they're at their peak between April and August.
How to Store
Cut tops off 1 inch above root. Wrap leaves & stems in damp paper towel. Refrigerate tops & beet roots in separate plastic bags with some air holes. Use tops within a few days. Beet roots can last 1-2 month.
How to Prepare
Rinse tops. Scrub beets softly in cold water. Use tops as greens by chop in salad& stir- fries. Eat raw by grate beets in salads. Steam, microwave or boil until tender, slice & stir-fry.