Good quality beets will be relatively smooth, firm and small-sized. Bulk beets should be firm and not too dark-colored. Beets with the greens still attached assures the freshest product. Fresh beet greens should have bright green leaves with red veins running through them.
Avoid beets that are dark red to the point of almost being black or soft globes with rough pock-marked skin. Other signs to watch out for are leaves that are limp and wilted looking or dark green with spots of yellow or slime.
Beets are available year-round. While California is the largest supplier of beets, they are grown commercially in 31 states.
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