These edible ruby red roots are smooth and bulbous and have the highest sugar content than any other vegetable. While storing beets, trim the leaves 2 inches from the root soon after you buy them as they sap the moisture from the beet root. The root bulbs should also be put into a bag and can be stored in the refrigerator for a maximum of 7 to 10 days. They are used to prepare curries, chutneys and raithas. It's sweet nature makes it a popular ingredient for halwas and other such sweets.Red beets lower blood pressure, promotes brain and heart health. It fights inflammation and boosts energy levels.