Beets are a delicious vegetable rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and betalains. The beets edible leaves are also a great addition to salads or can be steamed for a tasty side dish. 

Preparation and serving methods

Rinse beets gently under cold water without tearing the skin, which helps to preserve the health-promoting pigments inside. Wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling your beets. Simply rub some lemon juice on your hands to remove beet juice stains.

Beets can be enjoyed raw (grated over a salad), steamed, or made into delicious beet burgers.

Selection and storage

Select small or medium-sized beets with firm roots, smooth skin and deep color. Smaller, younger beets may be so tender that peeling won't be needed after they are cooked.