UMAMI MART MATSURI FESTIVAL
Giant Golden Beet

Just after dusk the other day, it was cold, but the farmers market at Union Square in New York was bustling. Shoppers sipped steaming apple cider and perused more baked goods than vegetables. I came across the largest golden beet I've ever seen and bought it for $1.50. It's about 10 inches long and looks more like jicama inside than your average golden beet.  If you happen to find one, try cubing and tossing it with chunks of yams, onions and apples. Roast at 425 for 40 minutes with olive oil, salt and pepper and I think you'll be quite happy with the outcome.