Beets have recently been identified as nutritional powerhouses, high in folate, manganese and potassium.
If you want to take advantage of this delicious and nutritious vegetable, the best time to buy them is June through October, when they are at their most tender.
Look for unblemished bulbs with sturdy, unwilted greens. The greens bring an additional set of nutrients to the plate, such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron and calcium.
* New York Times August 4, 2008