Beets

Beets

The beet (Beta vulgaris) is a plant in the amaranth family. It is best known its numerous cultivated varieties, the most well known of which is probably the red root vegetable known as the garden beet. However, other cultivated varieties include the leaf vegetables chard and spinach beet, as well as the root vegetables sugar beet, which is important in the production of table sugar, and mangelwurzel, which is a fodder crop. Three subspecies are typically recognised. All cultivated varieties fall into the subspecies Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, while Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima, commoly known as the sea beet, is the wild ancestor of these and is found throughout the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coast of Europe, the Near East, and India. A second wild subspecies, Beta vulgaris subsp. adanensis, occurs from Greece to Syria.

Details about Beets

Crop Availability
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Product Characteristics
  • Firm, uniform size
  • Dark red in appearance
  • Very high in Folacin
  • For bunched beets, look for fresh, deep-green leaves
Care and Handling
  • Ideal storage temperatures: 32°F / 0°C
  • Humidity between 95-100%
  • Provide adequate protection against temperature extremes
Nutritional Information
per 68 g serving (½ cup / 125 ml)
  • Energy
    31 Cal (130 kJ)
  • Protein
    1.0 g
  • Fat
    0.1 g
  • Carbohydrate
    6.5 g
  • Dietary Fibre
    1.9 g
  • Sodium
    53 mg
  • Potassium
    221 mg
Industry Benefits
  • Consistent high quality
  • Continuity of supply
  • Multiple pack alternatives
  • Delivered quotations anywhere
  • Excellent customer service
Preparation Tips
  • Rinse prior to cooking
  • To prevent colour loss, do not slice or cut before cooking
  • Cool cooked beets before removing roots, stems and skin
Daily Recommended Intake %
  • Vitamin C
    6 %
  • Folacin
    34 %
  • Magnesium
    6 %
  • Iron
    4 %