Information about Vegetables: Beets

About beets, information about the vegetable, production, history and varieties in the world.


Major beet producers are the U.S.S.R., the U.S., France, Poland, West and East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., they are grown commercially in 31 States. Beet greens are a good source of riboflavin, iron, and vitamins A and C. Beets can be boiled, baked, grated and added to salads, or pickled. They can also be made into a delightful borsch, a soup which is native to Russia and Poland and can be eaten hot or cold with sour cream on top. Besides the red beet, there is a yellow variety; and the beet's cousin, the white sugar beet, is used widely in the production of sugar. When buying beets, buy young, firm, smooth roots. Beet greens are delicious steamed and eaten with butter and lemon juice.

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