How do they do it: beetroot

We know beetsroot as a vegetable in the shape of a bulb, but it is actually a thickened root tuber. The tuber is the connection between the leaves and the roots that go deeper into the ground. We find the beetroot half embedded in the ground. This means that the beet is partly affected by decay diseases that roam above the ground and partly from the ground.

Beetroot can therefore show syndromes and damage that are not immediately clear to the judge. If we keep the UNECE standard code FFV-59 next to it, we see that quite a lot is allowed. For example, damage must be removable during normal peeling.

The most important thing to realize as an inspector is with which gaze a consumer buys the product. Light superficial damage, scab and deformities are less visible on a dark-colored or purple beetroot. The contrast of these defects is many times greater on a yellow beetroot. A consumer will sooner leave a yellow beet with the same defects as present on a purple beetroot. You then include this information in your value judgment during the inspection.