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Aug 22, 2007 03:13 PM

Cylindrical Beets

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.

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  1. ...sounds lovely, do you mean Cylindra beets?...also know as Formanova, if so a specialty beet, good find...enjoy!

    1. Dock Potato - please tell me where... I have been looking for something to pickle!

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      1. re: Apple

        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.

        1. re: DockPotato

          Crap - I was hoping there would be a stall in town (TO) - I live by the St. Larwence - it's oh so convenient.