Fruits and Vegetables
Appearance: Round, firm, reddish-purple root vegetable with long green stems and greens that shoot from the top
Availability: In season from June-February
Look for: Smooth, hard, round, unbruised, and free of nicks or cuts
How to Prepare: Rinse the outer skin thoroughly just before cooking. Place in a pot of boiling water for 45-60 minutes. Once cooled, peel off outer skin. Be careful, beet juice stains!
How to Store: Remove leaves, leaving an inch of stem. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Fun Fact: Beet juice is often used as a natural dye in food or on fabrics.
Nutrition Fact: Beets are a good source of fiber, which supports digestive health.