You are here: Home » Seasonal Foods » Beets, Orzo and…Dirt Beets, Orzo and…Dirt In Season,Recipes,Seasonal Foods,Summer http://relish.com/articles/beets-orzo-and-dir/ by Jill MeltonApril 4, 2011 Farm-fresh beets provide two great dishes and a lesson in eating food pulled form the earth. http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/15090_beet_salad_f.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint When we first joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, we had golden beets for months it seemed. “They taste like “earth,” my daughter said. She didn’t mean that in a bad way; in fact, she liked them a lot. I thought that her comment was very perceptive, as organic, fresh, locally grown beets should taste like the earth they come from. I was reminded of all this upon watching Dirt, The Movie last week. Narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, it offers “a vision of a sustainable relationship between humans and dirt through profiles of the global visionaries who are determined to repair the damage we’ve done before it’s too late.” As it happens, April is National Gardening Month, and lots of us can’t wait to get our hands in the dirt. I learned the value of dirt last year with Relish’s community garden at the George Washington Carver Food Park in Nashville, where community activist Sizwe Herring specializes in making compost. I will never plant a garden without a good layer of compost, nor can I in good conscious ever throw away food scraps. Whether it’s with beets, onions, lettuce, spinach or leeks, celebrate the season, and the dirt that goes with it, with these recipes. —By Jill Melton, Relish Editor Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Walnut Beet Salad Boiling vinegar draws the sweetness out of raisins for a wildly flavorful vinaigrette that makes this salad shine. Colorful Orzo Veggies Great for potlucks, this simple dish is perfect as a vegetarian entrée or as a side. Warm Beet Salad with Red Onion, Mint and Pistachios Crunchy pistachios and aromatic mint add flavor to this warm beet salad. Serve as a side or have a full meal by adding feta, shrimp or chicken.