Asked August 13, 2018, 10:59 AM EDT

Is it okay to eat the beets if they are infected with the fungus that affects the leaves and turns them brown? The beets look fine!

Silver Bow County Montana food safety vegetable gardening

1 Response

While it is difficult to know for sure without figuring out what caused the leaves of your beet plants to turn brown, horticulture extension educators in Idaho say that as long as the root has not been affected it is usually safe to eat the beet. So if there is nothing wrong with the beet (how it looks, smells and whether it is hard not soft or slimy), it should be fine to eat.

If you want to figure out what is affecting your beets, Montana State University Extension has the Schutter Diagnostic Lab that can help you (