Beets are common root vegetables that stand out from other produce due to their dark red color. Table beets (different than sugar beets) are popular in European cuisines. The plant thrives in cold climates and Germany, France, Russia and the U.K. are leaders in beet cultivation. Used often in salads and soups, the entire plant is edible and can be boiled, baked, steamed or eaten raw. There are some tricks to cooking with beets, most notably is how to clean up because they will produce stains.