Beetroot … the most intense of vegetables


Beautiful beetroot. Young beetroot just pulled from the garden.

Tom Robbins, the American author, had a thing about beetroot. Just consider these lines from his novel, Jitterbug Perfume:

The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. … The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.

After reading this I couldn’t help conjuring up an image of tired, beaten-up beetroot neglected on the bottom shelf of the grocery store. We’ve all seen them, we’ve all walked straight past them…

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