I bought some beets at a farmers market today but now find out they have a fungus (brown spots on yellow leaves). I will not eat the greens but are the beet roots edible?

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    You will get a better chance at an ID with a picture of the leaf, and posting the same to gardening.stackexchange.com would help to ID the issue. Beets are susceptible to a number of things, and picture might tell which one and its effects. As to edibility, with all things it tends to boil down to personal risk, but in general most leaf spotting is not something that will bother the root as long as it is still fresh and firm. Be safe though and try for a positive ID.
    – dlb
    Aug 29, 2017 at 15:56
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    Aug 29, 2017 at 16:07
  • @rumtscho thanks on the cross-posting part, I was thinking from the standpoint of someone there being able to ID, then us clarifying that on cooking with it so seemed like two separate questions, but not really.
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    Aug 29, 2017 at 17:17
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    Aug 29, 2017 at 19:13

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Yes, even if the leaves are somewhat infected, the roots will usually be fine.

Unless you find soft or moldy spots, the root should be good to eat. Note that the roots, as storage organs, are in most plants especially resistant.

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