Beet Greens
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Beet Greens are Greens that come from the young, dark green leaves, (often with reddish veins) of the Beet root plant, that are visible growing above ground. Beet Greens will have sturdy, tougher stalks.


Fresh Beat Greens should have crisp dark green leaves and have stalks that can support the weight of the leaves. Beet Greens that are slimy, wilted, limp, extremely wrinkled, or are sporting yellow edges are old and past their prime.

Some produce stores carry processed Beet Greens that have been removed from the Beet root and bagged. These bagged Beet Greens are generally ready to cook, though a precautionary wash is reasonable.

Other retailers sell Beet Greens still attached to the Beet root plant. Attached Beet Greens should be separated from the Beet root and set aside. Inspect the Beet Greens. Remove any heavily woody stems or stalks.

It is often advisable to remove the leaves of the Beet Green from the stalks all together. Smart Kitchen covers De-Stemming Greens in the Intermediate Lessons. Once off of the stem the Beet Green leaves should be washed thoroughly under cold running water and then dried either by patting them dry with a towel or by using a Salad Spinner or similar.

Culinary Uses

Generally, Beet Greens are cooked in a fashion similar to their counterparts Spinach and Swiss Chard by Sautéing, Stewing or Steaming. Recipes for Beet Greens may seem like they are calling for a large amount of this nutritious leaf, but don’t worry. Beet Greens have a high water content and their bulk cooks down dramatically with heat and time.

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 22
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 226mg
Potassium 762mg
Total Carbohydrate 4g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Beet Greens are very healthy because they are low in calories, Fat, and Cholesterol and because they are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Magnesium. There is also a lot of Dietary Fiber in the leaves.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie