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equitraveler
11/23/2019 08:13 EST

We live in Prov Alessandria and I can find only pre-roasted beets at the green grocer, and plastic-wrapped roasted ones at the supermercati. I cannot find raw beets anywhere. Any suggestions on how to ask for raw beets or where to find them?

On an unrelated note, the rains up here in Piemonte are unrelenting and heavy. Twice this week school was canceled in our town because of concerns about flooding. Is the weather as extreme this fall where you are?

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Sergios
11/23/2019 08:23 EST

The weather is pretty bad all over. Worst in twenty years in places and it's not over yet. It's been raining for over a month in Tuscany. Have you tried the street markets for the beets? Perhaps in the bigger towns.

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equitraveler
11/23/2019 08:29 EST

Thanks. Maybe Asti or Alessandria, but both are 30 K. Still, there are recipes I like that require raw beets to start so maybe that is the only option. I could solve this problem if I could figure out who grows beets around here, but maybe they don't grow beets here?

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Sergios
11/23/2019 08:42 EST

Italians have learned the art of convenience. I could go to the supermarket and by all semi-prepared foods that cuts preparation time drastically. From instant polenta to really good jarred sauces to already scuward meats to prewashed salads there is little need to slave in the kitchen. Beets seem to be one of those. In france the street market stalls sold all kinds of beers. Amazing selection of organic beets of all colors. Most were precooked (oven roasted) by the vendors. Absolutely delicious.

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whidden39
11/23/2019 12:13 EST

Beets are available at outdoor markets here in Puglia. You’ll probably find them soon. As for unusual weather, I‘d say in the Valle d’Itria in Puglia it’s been windier this fall than in previous years. Scirocco winds, sometimes with sand from north Africa. October was sunny all month with temps anywhere from high 60s to high 70s F. We saw some rain in November, but normal amounts. Today was partly cloudy and 66F. Winds today will become stronger tomorrow with rain. We have not been getting the unrelenting rain that has plagued some northern regions of Italy of late.

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HenryGiovanni
12/7/2019 15:29 EST

Hi equitraveler,
Late to post here, but I saw beets at the local outdoor market for the first time yesterday. At least, I don't recall seeing them last week. So maybe you were just looking for them out-of-season? Try again. My wife and the Italian family and friends are always advising me to buy things when they are in season. Wish I knew when that was! : )

Cheers, John.

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equitraveler
12/8/2019 00:12 EST

Thanks John. There were only pre-roasted ones at the Friday market, but I'll look again when the market returns on Tuesday. My interest does actually relate to in-season foods because sliced beets roasted with shredded radicchio Treviso is very tasty.

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