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Beta vulgaris - Köhler–s Medizinal-Pflanzen-167.jpg
Beta vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Genus: Beta
Binomial name
Beta vulgaris

Beet (Beta vulgaris) is a plant with a round or carrot-shaped root. There are various varieties got from this plant. The commonest is red beetroot, a root vegetable for humans. An older variety was called mangel wurzel or mangelwurzel. This was used as fodder for cattle. Another variety is sugar beet used as a source of sugar.