If you’re concerned with your environmental footprint, you’ll be thrilled to know that beets are one vegetable that you can nosh on from stems to roots. This means that you can eat the whole beet once it’s pull from the ground and washed. Not a bit of this vitamin-, mineral-, and antioxidant-rich vegetable will go to waste.
To prepare whole beets for cooking, simply trim the stems just below the point where the leaves begin. Wash completely and set aside for salads, sautéing with garlic and olive oil, or for use in omelettes or smoothies. You already know that you can peel and shred fresh beet root for salads, on sandwiches, or bake or roast chopped beets as a delicious side with olive oil, lemon, and garlic.