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Old 06-30-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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What do beets taste like?

I've been debating trying to add beets into my diet (cooking them fresh, not using the canned variety). What do they taste like? I heard from my boyfriend, they taste sweet. Are they earthy in taste? By this I mean, do they taste like dirt. I've had the canned baby corn, and I hate it because it tastes like dirt to me.

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Old 06-30-2008, 04:59 PM   #2
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Hmm, that is hard to answer. I love beets. DH HATES them. lol
They are sweet. I don't know that they have a dirt taste or not. I think taste is all up to the person. You will jsut have to try them.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:12 PM   #3
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No idea. Never ate a beet in my life, unless it was force fed to me as baby food
But canned corn tastes earthy? Definitely a "unique" taste compared to frozen or fresh, but I wouldn't call it earthy.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:52 PM   #4
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Umm........earthy fruit punch.

If you cook them, wear latex gloves and dont put them on a wooden cutting board. They stain everything.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:58 PM   #5
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Raw , they are very sweet, with a carrot-like consistency. I guess cooked they have kinda like a cooked carrot-like consistency too. Personally, only use them when I make a cold beet soup ( borscht) . Ive heard they are good baked too. They do stain everything as mentioned above, and if u eat enough of them at once, your pee can actually be pinkish red in color. Scared the heck out of me the first time, thought I was bleeding internally.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:02 PM   #6
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The DW makes a killer layered salad with carrot, potato, beets and scallions, I can eat a ton of it....
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your pee can actually be pinkish red in color. Scared the heck out of me the first time, thought I was bleeding internally.
....ditto on that! Nearly passed out!
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:16 PM   #7
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I love 'em hot or cold. Earthy?
I think they are sweet and sort of not tart, but I can't put my finger on it.
Earthy? Not quite sure what that means.
I think boiled or baked they are alittle harder in texture that a cooked carrot, but smooth/firm texture.
I add to salad, or just it's own salad of raw onion, salt/pepper, vinegar and oil, or hot - simple, just butter.


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Old 06-30-2008, 06:34 PM   #8
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I use beets in my cooking, I love it in the borscht, I'd eat them raw, I like them in a fish salad I make, but would not touch beet salad my mom makes. It is really hard to say. You have to try it more than one way because they are completely diferent in a diferent dish.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:42 PM   #9
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Beets just have their own taste, I can eat them in salad but love pickled beets, hubby likes neither - not earthy to me at all ! Gotta just try them both ways.
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Old 06-30-2008, 06:42 PM   #10
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They taste like ah... um, er ah like a root vegetable on the sweetish side, actually very good in a salad (just use your imagination, actually one of the best salads I ever had was made with beets and other veges by a Ukrainian young lady) and aw shucks, go ahead and buy a small can and try them. If they are on the right track for you try some fresh while they are in season now. I like to bake them - rub off the skin and add in small pieces as the last stage in bosch. You can wrap them in foil to bake. 350 degrees F for half hour or so - until a fork easily penetrates.

Actually they are good eats - do nicely pickled also.
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