By the National Garden Bureau,
Photographs courtesy of NGB
From its humble beginnings around the Mediterranean, the table beet (Beta vulgaris) has spread to all continents of the world, although information on Antarctica is surprisingly hard to come by... Historically, beets have been consumed in many ways: medicinally in ancient Rome, fresh in salads (both the greens and the roots), as soups (think borscht), and as pickled slices and shreds, to name just a few. In some parts of the world, it is a menu staple.
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