Bunching beets (tops left on), for fresh market - Detroit Rubidus, Red Ace and Ruby Queen; topped, for processing - Avenger; for both uses - Big Red, Supra and Pacemaker 3.
One cup (250 mL) of cooked diced beets contains 50 calories. Beets are a good source of folacin and a source of Vitamin C and potassium.
Beets have been cultivated since pre-historic times in the Mediterranean area and were originally grown only for their leaves. During the Roman empire, people began to eat the roots as well. Today, beets and beet dishes are still widely popular throughout Europe.