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Beets have a distinctive earthy flavor that's enhanced by roasting, but they can also be steamed, microwaved, or boiled. A beet will be more flavorful and colorful if you leave the peel and some of the stem on while it's cooking. After it's cooled down, the peel comes off fairly easily. Varieties include the familiar red beets, golden beets, which turn a golden orange when cooked and are slightly sweeter than red beets, white beets, and chioggia (pronounced KYAHD-dja) =candy-stripe beets = candy cane beets which have alternating white and red rings inside. Baby beets are sweeter and faster-cooking than larger beets. Select beets that are heavy for their size. Canned beets are a good substitute for fresh.

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Also known as

  • Beetroots
  • Red beets
  • Golden beets
  • White beets
  • Chioggia
  • Candy-stripe beets
  • Candy cane beets
  • Baby beets


3 - 5 medium beets = 1 lb. = 2 cups diced


carrots OR (in salads) slicing tomatoes
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