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Re: [Apicius] re: Beets

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  • Marco Berni
    Black beets in Italy are beetroot in English. Black outside and dark red inside. There is no other black variety, and I doubt we are looking at an extinct
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 19, 2000
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      'Black beets' in Italy are 'beetroot' in English.

      Black outside and dark red inside.

      There is no other black variety, and I doubt we are looking at an extinct variety here.

      Marco


      On Thursday, October 19, 2000, at 03:33 AM, G. Bagne wrote:

      > Salve!
      > Varro, the Roman physician, noted that beets came in 2 varieties,
      > black and white. Red beets sort of look black before peeling, but I
      > think if they were red inside we'd have heard more about them as a
      > dye or food coloring. (a socko dye by the way, does every shade or
      > red from peach to burgandy) Turnips seem to me to be a reasonable
      > substitue for whitee turnips. Be Well, Lapella
      >
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