Do you ever wonder why some vegetables get all the glory, and some are so simply pushed aside? Some, like the tomato, have earned their spots of honor through their versatility and good taste. But how do others, like the green bean, earn such priority on our palates? I do love green beans, especially fresh from the garden, but why are they so much more popular than say something like the beet?
To prepare the root, leave it in tact. Scrub the beets clean. Put them in a pot and cover with water.
Bring to a boil and boil for about 40 minutes, (depending on their size) until the beets are soft enough to pierce easily with a fork.
Rinse the beets in cold water and allow them to cool until you can handle them. The skins will slip off easily, and the remaining stem and root can be trimmed. Now your very red beets are ready to be sliced and served the way you like. Normally I just add a little butter and a little salt.
Show beets a little love. Head to the grocery or the farmers market and pick up a few fresh beets and give them a try. If you garden, beets do well as a fall crop, planted in late summer. You can plant them after your early crops are done.