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Sean's mother used to say "beets taste like dirt." She meant it as a compliment, and she was right. Beets have a wonderful earthy flavor in their sweetness. We grow red and golden beets. Both roots and greens are edible. Treat the greens like chard--they are closely related, with a stronger "beety" taste. I like to boil small beet roots whole (leaving about an inch of the tops on so that the color doesn't bleed out), until a knife pierces easily all the way through. Then peel them, slice them crosswise to show off their pretty concentric rings, and eat them plain.