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|Food Buzz: History of Beets|
|Food Fable: Beets|
Red beets are made up of both an edible root and edible leaves, 10-12 inch red and green leafy stems ascend from red beet's ruby red, smooth, bulbous root. Small or medium beets are generally more tender than larger ones. As beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable, their flavor is typically sweet.
Beets are a cool season vegetable that thrive in fall months.
The Red beet, Beta vulgaris, is a plant in the Chenopodiaceae family. The color of the Red beetroot is due to a variety of betalain pigments. In the 1800s, George Washington the first president of the United States experimented with cross-pollinating different varieties of beets, chard, and mangels at Mount Vernon.
Recipes that include Red Beets. One is easiest, three is harder.