Glossary - Plant Derivatives


The root and leaves of subsp. vulgaris are edible and an important food crop. Beetroot can be peeled, steamed, and then eaten warm with butter as a delicacy; cooked, pickled, and then eaten cold as a condiment; or peeled, shredded raw, and then eaten as a salad. The leaves and stems can be steamed briefly as a vegetable, although this is preferably done with young plants. These and older leaves and stems can be sliced and stir-fried and have a flavour resembling taro leaves. The stems can also be cooked with another foodstuff (eg., black beans) for an increased nutritional value.

Beets are used as a food plant by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species

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