Both beets and chard are different varieties within the same plant family–beta vulgaris –and their edible leaves share a resemblance in both taste and texture. Attached to the beet’s green leaves is a round or oblong root, the part conjured up in most people’s minds by the word “beet.” Although typically a beautiful reddish-purple hue, beets also come in varieties that feature white or golden roots.
Beetroots contain plenty of vitamins and minerals vital to the immune system and keeping the bones and nervous system strong and healthy. Beets also has vitamin B which contains folate, vital to healthy pregnancies by reducing the risk of birth defects.
Beetroot’s sweet taste reflects their high sugar content, which makes beets an important source for the production of refined sugar. Raw beet roots have a crunchy texture that turns soft and buttery when they are cooked.