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beet,

biennial or annual root vegetable of the family Chenopodiaceae (goosefootgoosefoot,
common name for the genus Chenopodium, as well as for the goosefoot family, Chenopodiaceae, a family of widely distributed shrubs and herbs that includes the beet, spinach, and mangel-wurzel.
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 family). The beet (Beta vulgaris) has been cultivated since pre-Christian times. Among its numerous varieties are the red, or garden, beet, the sugar beet, Swiss chard, and several types of mangel-wurzel and other stock feeds. Both the roots and the foliage of the red beet are edible, as is the foliage of Swiss chard and similar varieties. The easily stored roots of the mangel-wurzel [Ger.,=beet root] are much used for fodder in Europe and Canada and to a lesser extent in the United States. The biennial beet is often used in crop rotation. The foliage of the sugar beet and several other varieties is also used as feed. The sugar beet, cultivated commercially throughout the temperate zone, to which it is well adapted, provides about one third of the world's commercial sugar production; virtually all the rest comes from sugarcanesugarcane,
tall tropical perennials (species of Saccharum, chiefly S. officinarum) of the family Poaceae (grass family), probably cultivated in their native Asia from prehistoric times.
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. In the United States, sugar beets are grown extensively from Michigan to Idaho and in California, accounting for more than half of United States sugar production. Since the 18th cent. selective breeding has raised the root's sucrose content from 2% or 4% to 15% and even 20%. The extracted beet sucrose, dissolved in water, is refined and granulated, much like cane juice, to make sugar. Beets are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Caryophyllales, family Chenopodiaceae.
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Good blood builder, rich in minerals, especially IRON*, great source of calcium, magnesium and selenium. Beet juice is rich in iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, copper, Vit A, B1, B2, B6, niacin. Juice has cancer-fighting properties, great for skin, gallbladder & liver. Juice or blend beet leaves for strong healing qualities.

beet

[bēt]
(botany)
Beta vulgaris. The red or garden beet, a cool-season biennial of the order Caryophyllales grown for its edible, enlarged fleshy root.

beet

1. any chenopodiaceous plant of the genus Beta, esp the Eurasian species B. vulgaris, widely cultivated in such varieties as the sugar beet, mangelwurzel, beetroot, and spinach beet
2. the leaves of any of several varieties of this plant, which are cooked and eaten as a vegetable
3. red beet the US name for beetroot
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Beets can be used raw for juicing, or try grating them raw for salads.
sugar beet producers also battle beet curly top virus, which is transmitted by beet leaf-hoppers.
Introducing sugar beets should also support the margins of the grain business.
He said that the increase in the average yield per acre of beets ranges from 20 to 25 tonnes, and enhancing factories' efficiency so that they operate at maximum production levels as well as reducing losses and per capita consumption from 34 to 32kg per year will allow Egypt to become self-sufficiency in supplying sugar to the domestic market.
By law the body which is between the government and the ministries is the cooperative of sugar beet growers," he said in response to charges that subsidy licenses had been sold.
ARS-WSU researchers also developed other sugar beet pulp materials.
SHAVE raw beets paper-thin with a mandoline or vegetable peeler.
Beet seedlings have slender leaves, almost like grass, but the red stems make them easy to identify.
The business is dominated by sugar production (60% of revenue in 2011), but Rusagro also ownspork farms, produces oils and fats, and has its own agricultural land bank, which gives partial self-sufficiency in sugar beet and extra cash flows from other crops.
The team grew around 30 commercial sugar beet varieties in 2006 and 2007 and found that roots from some varieties stored indoors had lost as much as 100% of their recoverable sugar content, and roots from some varieties stored outdoors had lost as much as 60%.
researchers have long been studying the potential of sugar beet pulp utilization.
Sugar beet farmers will obtain 80 dirhams per tonne -- or close to a 20 percent increase -- spread over two years starting in 2012, said three farmers, including Ahmed Ouayach who chairs the Moroccan Confederation of Agriculture.