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Beetroot January -

Beetroot

Sliced for salads, boiled for borscht or laid atop juicy burgers, this bright and beautiful vegetable packs a purple punch, says Clarissa Hyman

The major drawback to preparing beetroot is that it makes you look like the lovechild of Lady Macbeth and Sweeney Todd: magenta hands, tea towels carrying those livid red spots and suspect splatterings on your clothes. Not to mention the tendency to stain all other ingredients a bubble-gum pink. But is it worth it? I should say so. Beetroot is exceptionally delicious and versatile, and most justified of its renaissance. Pickled beetroot, too, after years spent out in the culinary wilderness. The sad memories of mouth-puckering malt vinegar have given way to fashionable fermentation, in which the beets are preserved at their tantalising, tangy best like bottled garnets waiting to adorn orange and walnut winter salads. It is the taste of tiny, homegrown and freshly dug beetroots, however, that is the real revelation. Food writer Sybil Kapoor compares them to small scented sugar lumps...read more

  • Scallops

    January produce

    Scallops, kale, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and pomegranates

  • Lemons

    February produce

    Cauliflowers, swede, oysters, lemons and passion fruit

  • Purple sprouting broccoli

    March produce

    Purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and oranges

  • Spring Herbs

    April produce

    Spring herbs, spinach, watercress, shallots, blood oranges and rhubarb

  • Asparagus

    May produce

    French beans, asparagus, Jersey royals, peas, spinach and rocket

  • Gooseberries

    June produce

    Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

  • Cucumbers

    July produce

    Courgettes, cucumbers and artichokes

  • Tomatoes

    August produce

    Aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and apricots

  • Peppers

    September produce

    Peppers and figs

  • Fennel

    October produce

    Wild mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, fennel, apples and plums

  • Dates

    November produce

    Savoy cabbage, pumpkins, celeriac, carrots, cavolo nero, potatoes, truffles and dates

  • Walnuts

    December produce

    Brussels sprouts, nuts, walnuts, chestnuts and cranberries

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