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November 28, 2012

We’re planning to include lovely Chioggia Beets in this weekend’s co-op style produce shares.  When you cut them open, you’ll find a little surprise:

Chioggia beets

Doesn’t that just make you happy?  Also known as the “candy cane beet” and the “bullseye beet”, the chioggia is an heirloom beet from Italy.


The chioggia beet came from the Italian coastal town of Chioggia, near Venice. It’s been around since the early 19th-century. It tastes just like regular purple beets, maybe a little sweeter. The skin is a hot pink/fuchsia color, and when sliced open, the inside has beautiful pink and white stripes. Like any other beet, it can be prepared the same way; steamed, sauteed, roasted, and pickled. The greens are also edible. Sadly, the beautiful stripes fade when the beet is cooked.

Try these chioggia beet recipes…

Try these other beet recipes…

Get lots of recipe ideas on our Pinterest page!

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