An heirloom variety from Northern Italy and potentially one of the most beautiful vegetables of all. Light burgundy skin, once cut, reveals vibrant flesh featuring crisp candy stripe-style rings of reddish pink and white. Chioggia (kee-OH-gee-uh) beets are generally more mild than red beets, adding sweetness and exciting to color to any dish they are a part of. While some are scared off by hard and earthy raw beets, once prepared these bulbous roots showcase truly amazing flavors celebrated by many. Beets are used medicinally, as coloring agents and are the source of the majority of U.S. sugar production. We recommend roasting beets and pairing their rich sweetness with a fresh ricotta or chevre, topped with something crunchy and crisp. Beet Greens and stems are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, can be seasoned and sauteed or even thinly sliced and mixed raw into salads or smoothies. Beet varieties are part of the species Beta vulgaris which also includes chard, and is included in the amaranth family composed of mostly bushes, shrubs, some edible herbs and perhaps most notably, spinach. -2-3" in diameter -Beets will last longest stored in a cold humid environment; we recommend keeping them in a fridge in a plastic bag with a small opening, with greens removed and stored separately. Beet greens are best used and enjoyed within 2-3 days.