Beets

The word “beets” conjures up an image of red beets, however, not all beets are red/purple in colour. BCfresh grows many colours and varieties of beets including Red, Golden and Candy Cane. They are all nutritious and sweet. Raw, they are crunchy and when cooked they turn soft and buttery. 

Red Beets

When working with red beets, wear gloves, or use lemon juice to remove red stain from hands.


Select:
Medium-sized
Well-shaped and clean
Tops removed (beets are topped to prevent dehydration)
Smooth outer skin with a suede-like nap

Local BCfresh beets are available July through May.
Imported product (Bestfresh) is available the remainder of year.bc fresh red-beets availability

Root vegetables, such as the beet, dig down into the ground, and help you feel strong and “rooted”. High in vitamin A, vitamin B6, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants.


Nutrition Information

Serving Size Per 1/2 cup serving of beets
Energy 30 cal
Protein 1.0g
Fat 0.1g
Carbohydrates 6.8g
Dietary Fibre 0.7g
Sodium 49mg
Potassium 220mg
 
Source: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable nutrition Encyclopedia Fresh for Flavor Foundation 1991.

Soups and stews
Side dish for sausage, roasts, and meatloaf
Grate raw on salads and soups
Pickled


Roast, boil, steam, microwave, grill, pressure cook

Store beets at 32°F /0°C with relative humidity of 90–95%.
To help maintain freshness, sprinkle beets lightly with water.

Golden Beets

Golden beets are stain-free, and sweeter than their red cousin. Some people think they are the ugliest variety.


Select:
Medium-sized
Well-shaped and clean
Tops removed (beets are topped to prevent dehydration)
Smooth outer skin with a suede-like nap

Local BCfresh beets are available July through May.
Imported product (Bestfresh) is available the remainder of year.golden-beets-availabilty

Golden beets are nutrient rich and high in fibre, potassium, and calcium.


Nutrition Information

Serving Size Per 1/2 cup serving of beets
Energy 30 cal
Protein 1.0g
Fat 0.1g
Carbohydrates 6.8g
Dietary Fibre 0.7g
Sodium 49mg
Potassium 220mg
 
Source: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable nutrition Encyclopedia Fresh for Flavor Foundation 1991.

Grate, slice thinly, or shave raw on salads and soups


Roast, boil, steam, microwave, raw

Store beets at 32°F /0°C with relative humidity of 90–95%.
To help maintain freshness, sprinkle beets lightly with water.

Candy Cane Beets

Not as nutty flavoured as golden beets or as earthy as red, candy cane beets present beautifully when sliced or shaved. Cooking will fade the brilliant colour.


Select:
Medium-sized
Well-shaped and clean
Tops removed (beets are topped to prevent dehydration)
Smooth outer skin with a suede-like nap

Local BCfresh beets are available July through May.
Imported product (Bestfresh) is available the remainder of year.candy-cane-availability

Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable and are even sweeter than some fruits. However, they are a low-energy dense food – meaning they have a low calorie count per serving size.


Nutrition Information

Serving Size Per 1/2 cup serving of beets
Energy 30 cal
Protein 1.0g
Fat 0.1g
Carbohydrates 6.8g
Dietary Fibre 0.7g
Sodium 49mg
Potassium 220mg
 
Source: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable nutrition Encyclopedia Fresh for Flavor Foundation 1991.

Grate, slice thinly, or shave raw onto salads and soups
Fried for chips


Roast, boil, steam, microwave, raw to maintain striped presentation

Store beets at 32°F /0°C with relative humidity of 90–95%.
To help maintain freshness, sprinkle beets lightly with water.

Curiosity

Since the 16th century, beet juice has been used as a natural red dye. The Victorians used beets to dye their hair.

Curiosity

Beets have one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10 per cent of beets is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating a donut.

Curiosity

Beets are also known as nature’s Viagra. One of the earliest known benefits of beets was its use as an aphrodisiac during the Roman times. It is not all folklore as beets contains high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

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