No mention of these, or for that matter, beets of any kind: I am amazed.
For the past 3 or 4 weeks we've been buying them fresh from a local grower, but they surely must be available in local farmers markets elsewehre. They store very well under our counter. What a treat!
We leave half an inch of stem, clip the root about half an inch from the bulb, scrub and boil for ± 20 mnutes in salted water, squoosh them out of their skins, add butter, salt, maybe a bit of vinegar, and slice. Good cold the next day too.
...sounds lovely, do you mean Cylindra beets?...also know as Formanova, if so a specialty beet, good find...enjoy!
These are long and I don't know their proper name. "Cylindrical" is merely my description of their shape. I will ask the grower/vendor if they are indeed Cylindra Beets. He also has round pickling beets. I had those other years and they are also good. I see no reason these sweeter ones can't be pickled.
For anyone in the district, the man's name is John Powers and he sets up a stall every Saturday in Kincardine on Russel street about a 1/4 mile west of Hwy 21.
On Wednesdays he sets up on Sutton Park St. I don't think John does the Keady Farmer's Market any longer because it's become too much of a hassle with the incredible crowds they draw.