Beet beet revelation

Our family tried beets last year, and we weren’t crazy about them.  They tasted very…earthy.  Well, I think I figured out why they tasted earthy.

You need to peel beets before eating them.  They do grow IN the earth.  Why this didn’t occur to me, I’ll never know, but I am sure that was the problem.

Here’s a recipe that is worth repeating if you like hummus and variations on hummus.

Beet Hummus 


.5 lb beets (about 4 medium beets), cooked, peeled, and cubed

2 Tbl tahini (sesame seed paste)

5 Tbl fresh lemon juice

1 small clove garlic, chopped

1/2 to 1 Tbl ground cumin, to taste

1 Tbl lemon zest

1 Tbl plain yogurt for added creaminess (not necessary)

Pinch sea salt or kosher salt

Fresh ground pepper to taste

Place all the ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings and ingredients as desired.  Refrigerate for up to 3 days.  Eat with pita, crackers/crostini with a sliced cucumber.

Happy 4th of July!