The smooth, medium-height tops are all green with pink-striped stems and sweet flavor. This striking Italian variety is a standard in U.S. specialty markets. Beets are a great source of folate, the b-vitamin known for its role in preventing birth defects in growing fetuses. The root/bulb of the beet is also a good source of iron, potassium and magnesium, although an abundance of nutrition actually lies in its leafy greens. It’s name comes from the striking red & white rings revealed when sliced open!