Beets, a root vegetable, can be found in a variety of shapes and colors. Red beets are the most familiar, but you can also find golden, white or Chioggia, (sometimes referred to as candy cane beets due to their alternating red and white stripes found inside when they are cut open). Health benefits of beets include antioxidants, and high levels of natural nitrates which may help lower blood pressure and glaucoma risk. Freshness of beets is indicated if their attached greens are bright-green and not yellowing. Candy cane beets are sweeter than golden beets, which have a milder flavor. Beets should be stored separately from their greens; the greens should be cut leaving no more than two inches of stem on the beet. The stems can be wrapped in a paper towel, put in a paper bag and stored up to 1-2 days in the refrigerator crisper. The roots can be kept for up to 14 days if refrigerated in a plastic bag. They can be served cold, making a wonderful addition to a salad or slaw, or hot, prepared by pressure-cooking, microwaving, steaming or boiling.
Recipe of the Week
Spiralized Beet Slaw
3 medium, uncooked beets, peeled & spiralized (c. ¾ lb)
1 ½ cups each shredded Jicama, shredded Carrots, shredded Broccoli, and shredded green Cabbage
Optional: add Cranberries or raisins, Nuts (sliced almonds, chopped walnuts or pistachios work best) and ½ cup halved grapes
Dressing: 1 Tbsp. Sesame + 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
Directions: Cut florets from broccoli; use shredder attachment on food processor, or vegetable grater for jicama, carrots, broccoli and cabbage. Spiralize beets. Mix together and serve. Yield: 8 Servings
Serving size 1 cup
(recipe adapted from WeightWatchers PointsPlus cookbook Fruits & Veggies A to Z)
Rombauer, I. S., Becker, M. R., & Becker, E. (2006). Joy of cooking. New York: Scribner.
Types of Beets: Chioggia, Golden Beets, White Beets. (2015, September 29). Retrieved April 22, 2017, from