Beets or “beet root” are a colorful, cool-season annual vegetable that is easy to grow from seed in well-prepared soil. They are a great choice for northern gardeners because they can survive frost and near-freezing temperatures.
The beetroot is the taproot portion of a beet plant, usually known in North America as the beet, and also known as the table beet, garden beet, red beet, dinner beet or golden beet. It is one of several cultivated varieties of Beta vulgaris grown for their edible taproots and leaves (called beet greens); they have been classified as B. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris 'Conditiva' Group. Besides being used as a food, beets have uses as a food colouring and as a medicinal plant. Many beet products are made from other Beta vulgaris varieties, particularly sugar beet.