Beets may not be considered a herb, however, while the roots of white and red beets are of great importance today—the white being used for sugar production, and the red, beetroot, being eaten very widely—Culpeper dismisses them both. The white is ‘of no use at all’ and the red is ‘not used to be eaten’, and while Culpeper finds more medicinal uses for the white, it is the red which is now known to have considerable health benefits.