Beets come in a variety of colors, most common color are a deep purple-red color. When choosing beets look for smooth, firm and with little to no blemishes on the skin. When purchasing bulk beets they should be fresh and dirt-free, bunch beets (beets with the leaves still in tact) the leaves should look fresh with deep color.
The leaves and stems of young plants are steamed briefly and eaten as a vegetable; older leaves and stems are stir-fried and have a flavour resembling taro leaves.The usually deep-red roots of a garden beet are eaten, boiled, cooked vegetable, or cold as a salad after cooking and adding oil and vinegar. A large proportion of the commercial production is processed and pickled for the consumer.