July beets! Mid-month! I am inordinately proud of myself for not leaving my July beets until the last day of the month. I don't need to eat beets again for ages.
I had a beet epiphany this month. Roasting vegetables brings out the natural sweetness and intensifies their flavours. The thing I hate most about beets is that they have this cloying sweetness to them. And I hate the flavour. So roasting beets enhances the two things I hate most about beets. And yet I continue to roast them. I'm actually a little ashamed that it took me this long to figure it out but hey, I never claimed to be a beet expert.
This month I boiled my beets with garlic and fresh ginger. When I drained the beets the water was dark purple. I obviously lost a lot of nutrients by cooking them this way but I also lost a lot of beet flavour, so I'd call that a win. After I drained the beets, I peeled them, chopped them, and tossed them with a little olive oil and lemon juice. We made giant salads with lots of other vegetables and fruits to mask the flavour of the beets.
Verdict: these are my favourite beets. I do not love them but I do not hate them. I could see myself eating these beets again. Not voluntarily, obviously.
I almost bought pickled beets last week but when I got up to the checkout the jar had opened and my basket was filled with lovely purple vinegar (and everything in my basket was covered in it.) I took it as a sign that I wasn't meant to eat pickled beets.