Photo: Johnny Miller
Even if you already love beets, you'll enjoy them even more when you grow your own. When you pluck them fresh from the soil, they give you three gifts: first, the beetroot itself, with flesh that's earthy yet sweet, dense yet tender, colorful as jewelry. Then the beet greens, which, when just-picked, are wonderfully vibrant, crisp-tender, bittersweet, and a little peppery. And third, the gardener's reward for time spent thinning the crop: baby greens from seedlings (sold as "microgreens" for fancy prices).
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