Beetroot is a root vegetable with a dark purple skin and firm flesh. It has a rich and earthy flavour with a slightly bitter taste. You can eat them raw, boiled, pickled or roasted. The leaves of a beetroot can also be eaten and can be served in a way similar to spinach. Beetroot is high in fibre, folate and has manganese, vitamin C and potassium. The purple colour comes from the antioxidants called betacyanins, which may help prevent high blood pressure and protect blood vessels. The leaves are rich in vitamin K and the antioxidant beta carotene.