We grow several varieties of beets including:

  • Detroit Red Ace
  • Ruby Queen
  • King Red
  • and Burpee’s Golden

Look for medium sized beets that are well shaped and clean, with their tops off (beets are topped to prevent dehydration). The outer skin should be smooth with a suede-like nap.

Beets make a great soup—Borscht is one of the world’s most popular soups. They also go great in stews and make a flavourful side dish for sausages, roasts and meatloaf. Fresh beets or pickled beets make a great addition to a salad.


Beets are generally available all year round.

Care and storage

Beets should be stored at 32°F /0°C with relative humidity of 90–95%. To help maintain freshness, sprinkle beets lightly with water.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size Per 1/2 cup serving of beets

  • Energy–30 cal
  • Protein–1.0 g
  • Fat–0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates–6.8 g
  • Dietary Fibre–0.7 g
  • Sodium–49 mg
  • Potassium–220 mg

Source: Fresh Fruit & Vegetable nutrition Encyclopedia Fresh for Flavor Foundation 1991.