Beets: golden (1.5 lb)

Mennonite Co-Op (Elmira, ON)

Symbiosis Brand (Quebec)

Best steamed or boiled to soft texture or grated raw on salad.

The Gold beet is made up of both an edible root and edible leaves. The root is pale orange, swollen and globular, reaching sizes of up to four inches in diameter. The root's variegated golden-orange flesh is firm, earthy and sweet.

Eaten raw, beet is crunchy, but turns soft when cooked. The greens of a beet taste similar to other greens, such as chard or spinach, while the stems take on more of the sweet beet taste,

Beets are also an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6.