For many of us, beets have a bad reputation. But if you know how to select, store and prepare them, they can be delicious!
How to Select
Choose beets with firm, smooth skins and non-wilted leaves if still attached. Smaller ones are more tender.
How to Store
Cut tops off 1 inch above root. Wrap leaves and stems in damp paper towel. Refrigerate tops and beet roots in separate plastic bags with some air holes. Use tops within a few days. Beet roots can last 1-2 months.
How to Prepare
Rinse tops. Scrub beets softly in cold water. Use tops as greens by chopping in salads and stir-fries. Eat beets raw by grating into salads. Cook beets by steaming, microwaving, broiling or boiling until tender.
Recipes with this vegetable
Roasted Beet Borscht
These roasted beets with tomato sauce taste really great with yogurt on the side!
Roasted Beet Salad
Beet is a good source of iron and folate. Roasting beet is a good way to warm up the cold season.
This colorful, nutritious dip is delicious with sliced vegetables such as carrots, celery or jicama.