Beetroot is grown for its tuberous root.
Beetroot is mainly found on the market between May and October.
Nutritional qualities of beetroot
It is relatively high calorie for a vegetable (40 kilocalories per 100 grams), although it would be a shame not to eat it as it contains a large amount of minerals and trace elements, fibres, and vitamins (B9, C).
Varieties of beetroot
The early (or globe) beetroot with dark flesh is a variety with a round root. These are the varieties that are most often eaten. Other varieties such as crapaudine, which has a long root, are also grown.
Choosing the right beetroot
It should be firm with a skin which is not too dry when raw. When it is cooked, the skin should be smooth with no black spots or cracks.
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