Beta vulgaris var. vulgaris
June - September
How many times have you tossed those green tops from the beets you were roasting for dinner? Don’t you dare trash these hearty, nutritious greens ever again! They are a powerhouse of nutrition and are delicious as a wilted salad to accompany those roasted beets or as a hearty substitute for spinach in egg dishes or curries.
Nutrition: Beet greens are very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are also a good source of protein, folate, and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A (220 percent daily value for 1 cup cooked!), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. Whew!