Underrated in America: Beets
I was not alone in my dislike of beets. 99.9% of people in the U.S. today have a loved one who hates beets. [Note: I made this statistic up. But it's true, I swear, my husband says they taste like mold and I'm a freakin' awesome chef.] Beets are probably the most-maligned vegetable out there. But as I have learned in my quest for local, seasonable deliciousness, beets are underrated for a number of reasons:
- Beets grow virtually year-round, so you can find them fresh in the middle of winter at your farmer's market.
- Beets are pretty, cooked and sliced, and come in a variety of gorgeous colors so your salad looks like Chagall seen through a kaleidoscope.
- Beets are easy to grow in the garden, so you can save major cash on your veggies.
- Beets are really good for you.
- Beets are a snap to cook (and no peeling!). Cut off the tops, stick 'em in a crock with a little water, put 'em in the oven and wait an hour. Slide the skins off, slice, eat.
- Beets taste great with goat cheese. I love excuses to eat more goat cheese.
- Beets are economical; you can eat the root and the greens.
- Beets are an essential ingredient to borscht, which is delicious.
- Beets are trendy!