Beets may begin to sprout or decay if stored at high temperatures. Low air circulation may also promote decay; be sure to maintain adequate air circulation during storage. Bunched beets are more perishable than topped beets.
Wilting may result if beets are stored in areas with low humidity.
A rough, woody texture can indicate age. For best quality, choose small- to medium-sized beets with tender, fresh green tops. Small size usually indicates younger, more tender beets.