Ode to the Beet

We often sing praises of our beets and certainly believe they are deserving of their own ode.  Which is saying a lot as beets are the only vegetable I (Laura) had a negative run-in with as a child. Long story, but suffice to say went to bed with them in my mouth and I didn’t eat them again until I was near 40.

But the color, taste, flexibility are so fantastic.  From roasted to pink pancakes, in any meal of the day, how can you go wrong.  We’ve been eating a lot of beets lately, so grateful for the ability to store them well into this cold, long Vermont winter.  As we launch into February, which seems it should be beets month, red and all, why not an Ode to the Beet.  Thanks to Swarn Gill, a Canadian atmospheric scientist, (and the internet) for bringing it to us.


                Ode to the Beet

Let this poem sing the praise of the beet,

A finer vegetable you will not meet,

Not bland, not mushy, but delicate treat,

Displaying the best of savory and sweet.


The ways to make it are vast and wide,

Pickled, steamed, stewed and deep fried,

Its color is bright, a fun purplish-red,

So I don’t recommend eating beets in bed,

Though, I’m not Keats, nor Shelley or Byron,

I can tell you beets are a good source of iron.


To find lovers of beets just go to Ukraine,

Did you know that beets are good for the brain?

By increasing blood flow and rates of decay,

Things like dementia will long stay away.


And research shows, yes science, not rumor,

Stuff found in beets slows the growth of a tumor,

It’s got folates, fiber, phosphorous, magnesium,

Full of Vitamin C, B6, a great source of potassium,

And if the beetroot just isn’t your scene,

Then I ask you to turn your gaze to the greens,

If you thought they were trash, I’ve got a surprise,

Their delicious soup and great for your eyes,


If a good accompaniment is something you seek,

Try a fellow overlooked flavorful leek,

So get you some beets wherever they’re servin’,

At least so you can pee some reddish urine.

Swarn Gill 


We complement the poem with our images of how we love to eat beets! (See full slideshow on our website)