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Beets are highly nutritious and "cardiovascular health" friendly root vegetables. Certain unique pigment antioxidants in the root as well as in its top greens have found to offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke; lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effects.
Selection, Usage and Storage Information
Selection: In the store, choose fresh, bright, firm textured beets with rich flavor and uniform size.
Usage: Boiled, pickled or in salads. Can be added to soups, baked or fried. Beet tops can be used like spinach..
Storage: In the store, choose fresh, bright, firm textured beets with rich flavor and uniform size.
Avoid: Avoid those with slump looking or soft in consistency, over-mature and large.
Seasonal Information: Beets are available year-round. While California is the largest supplier of beets, they are grown commercially in 31 states.
Beet greens contain oxalic acid, a naturally-occurring substance found in some vegetables.