Take a look at these beets we saw at the Sunday market in Lyon. Do they look a little strange to you? A little shiny? Well, that's because they're cooked — and apparently this is not uncommon at French markets. While in Paris I was told that beets are not considered "chic" at the French table. They are cut up and used in salads, but not cooked and eaten on their own.
This may be different in other areas, or in other styles of cooking — but I only saw cooked beets in the greengrocer in Paris, as well as in the open air markets in Lyon and even in Bern, Switzerland. No raw beets to be seen! Just these cooked and partially peeled beets.
Have you noticed this at markets in Europe? Would you buy freshly-cooked beets instead of raw beets, if you had the chance?
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(Image: Faith Durand)