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?
(Image: Faith Durand)