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Beets. Network for a Healthy California. Tulare County Office of Education. Reasons to Eat Beets. You can eat the root and the green leafy top. A ½ cup of cooked beet greens is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin A.

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Network for a Healthy California

Tulare County Office of Education

reasons to eat beets
Reasons to Eat Beets

You can eat the root and the

green leafy top.

A ½ cup of cooked beet greens is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin A.

A ½ cup of beets is a good source of folate, manganese, and riboflavin.

what is riboflavin
What is Riboflavin?
  • Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2.
  • It is important for building healthy blood cells.
  • Riboflavin is water soluble, which means it is not stored in the body.
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What is Riboflavin?
  • Riboflavin works with other B vitamins to help your body grow and release energy from the carbohydrates you eat.
  • Riboflavin is found in whole grain cereals, almonds, eggs, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, and lowfat yogurt.
how do beets grow
How Do Beets Grow?
  • Beets are a cool season crop.
  • They are frost hardy, but cannot endure extreme heat.
  • Growing beets adds minerals to the soil.
  • Beets do well when planted with onions, radishes, and garlic.
a slice of beet history
A Slice of Beet History
            • The wild beet is believed to have descended from the seabeet, which grows wild along the shores of Great Britain.
  • The beet has been cultivated since the third century - 200-300 A.D.
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A Slice of Beet History
  • The leaves were used for medicine and then later as a potherb.
  • What is a potherb?
  • It was a term widely used in the 16th to 19th centuries to refer to any plant with stalks and leaves that could be boiled as greens or used in soups.
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A Slice of Beet History
  • Romans were the first to grow and develop beets for their roots and used them to feed their animals.
  • The Greeks were the first to eat both roots and leaves.
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A Slice of Beet History
  • The sugar beet (white beet) was developed in the 18th century.
  • In the early 1800s, the French began extracting the sugar.
  • What famous French aristocrat was reported to have said “Let them eat cake” when told the peasants were starving?

Marie Antoinette 1755-1793

Queen of France from 1774 to 1792

The phrase was probably “Let them eat brioche.” Brioche is a sweet bread, eaten by royalty and nobility in France.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence she said anything like this.


Just the Facts

  • The color of beet root can range from dark purple to bright red, yellow, and white.
  • When cut transversely, the roots

show light and dark rings.

just the facts
Just the Facts
  • The Chioggia beet is red and white-striped, and nicknamed the “candy cane” beet.
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Just the Facts
  • Beet juice is widely used as a natural dye to give pink or red color to processed foods.
  • Beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable.
test your knowledge
Test Your Knowledge
  • Do not eat the green leafy tops of the beet.

You can eat them. They are very good for you.

  • Riboflavin is known as vitamin _____.


  • What are the four solid colors of beet roots.

Dark purple, red, white, and yellow

  • Why was the Chioggia beet nicknamed the “candy cane”


Because it is red and white striped

  • Beets have the highest ________content of any vegetable.


tasting trio cheesy beet bites
Tasting TrioCheesy Beet Bites


2 cans (15oz) pickled beets

1 block (10oz) part-skim Panela cheese

1 bag (18oz) whole-wheat pita chips


Dice the cheese into ¼” squares.

Using hand gloves, dice up the beets.

Gently mix the beets and cheese together.

Place one tablespoon of beets and cheese on top of a chip.



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