Beets Delivery or Pickup
The Instacart guide to beet products
Beetroots, usually simply called beets, are a root vegetable used in cuisines worldwide. Harvested from summer through late autumn, beets store well. Mature red or golden beets deliver a bitter, earthy flavor when eaten raw, and they become candy-like when you grill, roast, or steam them. You can also enjoy early-season, younger beets raw for a tender, tasty treat. These root vegetables boast an array of essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy plant compounds.
It's no wonder, then, that beets and beet products are increasing in popularity in natural foods markets. However, beets are not new foods at all! Evidence exists that people in ancient Babylon, Greece, Rome, and certain areas of North Africa ate the root vegetable. Ancient civilizations used beets' stalks and leaves in cooking, but they used the roots for medicinal purposes.
Something closer to a modern beet appeared in the late 1500s in Italy and Germany. This version of the vegetable differed from ancient beet-like foods thanks to smaller leaves and stalks, as well as larger roots. German chemists started making sugar from beets in the 1700s. This method is used today with a subtype of beet known as the sugar beet that is beige or white and has much larger roots than common table beets.
The type of beets most widely known in the United States today are garden beets. Various subtypes of garden beets exist, such as:
- Chioggia: This kind of beet has roots with red and white stripes.
- Detroit Dark Red: These beets boast the darkest red roots of any garden beets.
- Formanova: This type of beet grows shaped like a cylinder.
- Golden: This kind of beet boasts carrot-colored roots.
- Lutz Green Leaf: This is the largest variety of garden beets.
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