What an ugly, disgusting-looking vegetable. Even the name, Crapaudine means ‘toad-like one’. I must say, I haven’t been this excited about a beet in years.
So vulgar and crude, which would make sense as it’s a variety of Beta vulgaris, the lowly, unrespected, common beet. This variety with its rough, bark-like skin, is estimated to be the oldest, still cultivated variety of beet in existence with evidence of its cultivation around 1,000 years ago. It is supposed as well, to be very real tasting, earthy, beet-sweet in flavor especially after roasting. Beets are wonderful and if you’ve never tried them, don’t make the mistake of eating them pickled or canned for the first time. Trust me, be sure to eat them freshly prepared, then you will truly appreciate them.
I’m trying these out this season for the first time. The packet from above came from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They have some very interesting, uncommon and unique vegetables. http://www.rareseeds.com/crapaudine-beet/
This is how I imagine myself in the garden this spring..
My Alma mater! On my dashboard! I’ve seen this Herbarium collection and it takes me back. Oh the memories of my botany classes, and of plant collecting, dissecting and identifying, I truly enjoyed those classes.
Roasted Beet and Shallot Pizza
Gold beets, shallots, prosciutto, rosemary, capers, olive oil and goat cheese, on a home made crust. Simple, delicious.
T.L. Mead Bromeliad
Billbergia ‘T.L. Mead’. Many orchids bloom this time of year, but I also have a few bromeliads that are in flower. I’ve been collecting many different ones over the past several years, and this bromeliad is one of my favorites, well, ok I’ll be honest, they’re all my favorites.
Lava Burst Orchid
Howeara Lava Burst ‘Puanani’, my oldest orchid that I’ve had for over a decade. It’s easy to care for and takes house conditions well. It’s by an east window, and often blooms twice a year.
New Guinea Orchid
Dendrobium aberrans, a riot of little white flowers on this one, also in the terrarium.
Many Bulbed Orchid
Encyclia polybulbon, another orchid in the terrarium.