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North Carolina Beets

North Carolina BeetsBeets are notable for their sweetness; they have the highest sugar content of any vegetable, but they are very low in calories. Their sweet flavor comes through whether the beets are fresh or canned (which is the way most beets are sold in the U.S.).

Unlike many other processed vegetables, canned beets are perfectly acceptable in both taste and texture; if not pickled, their sweet flavor is largely unaffected by the canning process.

Fresh beets, however, have twice the folate (folic acid) and potassium, and have a distinctive flavor and a crisp texture not found in canned beets. Fresh beets also supply a nutritional bonus; their green tops are an excellent source of beta-carotene, calcium, and iron.

North Carolina Beets Growers/Shipper List

Cooling/Storage Requirements of North Carolina Beets

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Normal Storage Life

4-6 months



Nick Augostini, Marketing Specialist
North Carolina Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services
202 Cunningham Road
Kinston, NC 28501
(252) 527-7125