Beets can be eaten raw or cooked! Try them sliced, shredded or quartered. You can also add roasted beets to smoothies instead of fruit to add sweetness and fiber.
For maximum freshness, do not wash beets prior to storing. Remove the leaves and green stems if planning to store for a long period of time. Beets can stay fresh for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Prior to cooking or eating, rinse beets gently under cold running water. You may want to wear rubber gloves — beet juice can stain skin and clothing. If beet juice gets on your hands and nails, fresh lemon juice may help remove any stains.
An easy way to peel roasted beets is to gently rub away the skin with a paper towel after the beets have cooled enough to touch.
Beet greens are high in potassium, beta carotene and folic acid. Beet roots are an excellent source of folate, and a good source of manganese, iron and betaines.