Monday, July 11, 2011
Beetroot less gruesome
When I was a wee lad I often stayed at my Pop and Nan's house. Both were born in Australian with very colonial backgrounds. For example my Nan grew up in a white washed canvas tent, and for Christmas used a gum tree instead of pine. Still to this day they bias my definition of what it means to be Australian, and one of those things being beetroot. I recall it being present at every meal. Its deep bright blood colour grossed me out just looking at it. I probably never tried it, but I didn't need to, I already knew I hated it.
Now as adult I LOVE IT! Including its glorious colour that makes you look like a mass murder when you clean the knife as the blood spirals down the sink hole just like in the movies. I then enjoy chasing the children around the house with beetroot stained hands. As a gardener I have come to love them even more as they are one of my most successful vegetables. I would highly recommend them to any newbie gardener. They are easy to grow and mature quickly.
If you are however reluctant to cooking or eating beetroot due to the blood like juice... May be you dislike it staining your chopping board or children's clothes. It is amazing, the messier the food the greater chance of it landing in a child's lap. Here is a variety that may appeal. It is Chioggia commonly know as Candy Stripe Beet. It tastes like beetroot but does not bleed. When cooked it turns mostly white. I recently used this variety to bake a beetroot cake. It turned out golden rather than the usual pink colour.
Do you love or hate beetroot?
Tried any other interesting varieties?