Beet - Root

Beets are most often grown for their edible, fleshy root. Most are round or oval, but there are some types that are long and cylindrical. The root color is usually a deep magenta or purple-red; white and gold cultivars also exist. Beet and radish roots are similar in shape, but beets are usually larger and deeper in color than radishes.

Photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau


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