Choose small to medium-size beets with firm, smooth skins and purple-red color. Tops should be clean, fresh, and tender. Avoid beets that are shriveled, soft, or have rough or flabby skins.
Storing and Handling
Temperature/humidity recommendations for short-term
storage of seven days or less:
32-36 degrees F/0-2 degrees C
90-98% relative humidity
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Beets may begin to sprout or decay if they are stored at high temperatures. For best quality, maintain storage temperature of 32-36 degrees F/0-2 degrees C. Low air circulation may also promote decay; be sure to maintain adequate air circulation while storing beets. Bunched beets are more perishable than topped beets.
Beets may begin to wilt if stored in an area with low humidity. For best quality, maintain humidity level of 90-98%.
Rough, woody texture:
This may be an indication of age. For best quality, choose small to medium sized beets with tender, fresh green tops. Small size usually indicates younger, tenderer beets.
Dark purple-red round roots with purple-red tops and large, dark green leaves. Early or new-crop beets are usually sold with tops attached; late crop beets are usually sold topped. Some common varieties are Detroit, Ruby, Crosby, and Early Wonder.
25- and 50-lb. sacks holding loose beets
Cartons holding 12 or 24 bunches
U.S. No. 1
U.S. No. 2
Differences between grades are based primarily on external appearance.
NOTE: Beets are graded as bunched, with short-trimmed tops, and topped.
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