The beet, nature's ruby, known for its aphrodisiac qualities in ancient Greece, a symbol of love, used in ancient Rome for its medicinal qualities. Aphrodite loved them and accredited her powers of beauty and love to the beetroot. Not only good for eating but also used often as lipstick and rouge. Here's a great DIY Beet Lipstick recipe from the MindBodyGreen webite which I haven't yet tried, but am going to put it on the docket for this weekend!
In a previous post, I mention my Sicilian grandfather canvassing the yard for dandelion greens, and while he had his greens, my Sicilian grandmother had her pickled beets...oh, so good! But, like many of Grandma's recipes, they were lists of ingredients written down on cards without the measurements, which worked fine for her (she's was an AMAZING cook! Oh, I can still taste her tomato sauce!) but for me, who is not as adept in the kitchen, well, it's a bit of trial & error. So give it a whirl...like a spinning beet-top:
Grandma's Pickled Beets
1/2 part apple cider vinegar
1/2 part water
So, there's history, intrigue, love, lust, beauty, health, the love of the Gods & Goddesses, they're DELICIOUS, especially pickled! What's not to love or at least like about this ravishing root! You can eat the roots, the stems, drink the juice and be(et) all the better for it! Perfect for the summer, a salad, snack, rubbing on your lips & giving a smack to whomever might be in smacking (with the lips, that is) distance.
Make a bunch & keep them in the refrigerator to have all week! Speaking of bunches, don't throw away those tops! Wash the greens and saute them up with a nice olive oil & season with salt. I didn't even begin to talk about their numerous nutritional benefits, but you can check some of them out here on the Organic Facts site.