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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Beta vulgaris

The beet is a plant with a rounded fleshy taproot. Cultivars of the beet include

These are all related to the orginal Sea Beet, a maritime salt-tolerant plant of North West Europe.

Beetroot are cooked or pickled and eaten cold. The red color in the beet roots (betacyanin) causes red urine and feces in some people who are unable to break it down.

Nutritional information (beetroot/table beet)

Nutritional information

Beets contain good amounts of vitamin C in the roots, and the tops are an excellent source of vitamin A. They are also high in folate, and soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and several antioxidants.

An average sized cup (250 ml) of sliced beets will contain:

  • Calories 31
  • Carbohydrate 8.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
  • Folate 53.2 g
  • Phosphorus 32 mg
  • Potassium 259 mg
  • Protein 1.5g
Sundried tomato tuna with baby beets.
Sundried tomato tuna with baby beets.

Beet recipes include borscht.


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