Beets come in several colors, but the red beet has a rich, deep ruby color. Choose beets that are small and firm with deep maroon coloring, unblemished skin, and bright green leaves, with no sign of wilting. Avoid large beets, which have a hairy taproot. All those tiny roots (hair) are an indication of age and toughness. Beet leaves are also edible and can be prepared in the same manner as Swiss chard. To store beets, trim the leaves 2 inches from the root as soon as you get them home. The leaves will sap the moisture from the beet root. But, do not trim the tail.