Following years of breeding dedicated to sugar beet its sugar content has significantly increased and it currently makes up 15 – 20% of the beet’s raw weight. Sugar beet has a water content of approx. 75% and sugar makes up the bulk of the dry contents.
Sugar content and root yield are generally inversely correlated, i.e. varieties with high sugar content possess a lower root yield than varieties with lower sugar content.
Did you know how many cubes of sugar the first sugar beets contained? A maximum of 5 g sugar - the equivalent of 2 sugar cubes! Today the yield is 140 g sugar or 56 sugar cubes.