Botanical Name: Beta vulgaris.
Components: The leaves of the beet have been used since before recorded history, but it was not until much later that the root was used, popular for its medicinal qualities in ancient Rome. By the 19th century beets were regarded for their culinary potential and use as an effective sweetener.
Overview: Beets contain a goldmine of health-boosting nutrients including B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and fiber.
Uses: The dried root is powdered for use in smoothies and other beverages, and can also be added to food.