The beet, with its scientific name Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris, is a subspecies of plants of the Amaranthaceae family, cultivated for their fleshy roots, and used for the production of sugar, as a vegetable in human food, as fodder plants, and more recently as fuel with bioethanol. Beets must generally be cooked to be eaten, either pan-fried with apples or boiled to be eaten as raw vegetables. It can also be consumed as a smoothie or as a juice.
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Beets are available in local supermarkets and markets.