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What's fresh at the market now? Beets

Beets What's hitting its peak in December? Beets.

Select beets that are heavy for their size and show no surface nicks or cuts.

If they're sold with their tops on, the greens are always a good indicator of freshness as they show wilting very quickly (plus the fact they're delicious).

Click here for details, recipes and more from your online guide to cooking through the seasons.


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